Peter Johnson, @WheatPete, is the agronomist for RealAgriculture.com and he loves to talk WHEAT! His weekly update, “Wheat Pete’s Word”, gives timely tips and answers to questions that growers ask.
Peter was the Provincial Cereal Specialist, part of the Field Crop team, with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for 30 years (retired 2015). He is treasurer and past-chair of the Ontario Cereal Crop Committee. He co-founded the Great Lakes Wheat Workers group. His specialties are cereal crops, production systems, fertility management, conservation tillage (no-till), cover crops and site specific management.
Peter was an integral part of developing the SMART Wheat program that has significantly increased Ontario wheat yields. He works closely with local and regional Soil & Crop Improvement Associations to improve agricultural productivity, reduce costs, and minimize environmental impact. He believes strongly in on-farm evaluation of new technologies.
Peter is interviewed and quoted regularly in the farm press, radio and TV. He is highly sought after as a speaker at farm meetings, often being given the challenging after dinner slot. He has been the feature speaker at a number of large agricultural venues over many years.
Peter is a University of Guelph graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture receiving the Allied Farm Services Scholarship and the OAC Proficiency Award. He was the 1997 recipient of the T R Hilliard Agricultural Extension Award. He received the President’s Technology Award from Oxford County Federation of Agriculture in 2013. Peter and his family operate a small farm near Lucan and to Peter “this is where the rubber hits the road”!