Thursday, December 13, 2018

Demonstration of Forage Pea in Mixture with Cereals for Greenfield

Saskatchewan Forage Council Forage ADOPT Project *COMPLETED*                

This projecMaverick Horizon Melfortt was undertaken in 2015 at four regional locations (Swift Current, Scott, Melfort and Yorkton, SK) to demonstrate the yield and forage value of pea/cereal mixtures in comparison to monocultures of oats, barley and peas. Thirteen treatments at each site included pea, barley and oat monocultures as well as pea/barley and pea/oat mixtures at two different seeding rates. The highest overall yielding mixture was Haymaker oats at 30% of full seeding rate and CDC Horizon pea at 100% of full seeding rate. In contrast the lowest yielding forage treatment was CDC Horizon pea seeded without a cereal crop. Regional differences in yield were noted. Soil zone, growing conditions, protein requirements of livestock and cost should all be considered when selecting forages for greenfeed production.

Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Forage Specialists partnered on this project to oversee the demonstration sites.  The SFC would like to thank Denis Lueke of One Oak Farms (Humboldt, SK) and Scott and Shawn Fraser (Pambrun, SK) for donating seed for the project. Thank you to the research farms for their excellent work at the demonstration sites:Wheatland Conservation Area (Swift Current, Northeast Agriculture Research Foundation (Melfort, SK), East Central Research Foundation (Yorkton, SK), and Western Applied Research Corporation (Scott, SK).

 This project was supported by the Agricultural Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) initiative under the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward bi-lateral agreement.

To read the full report, click here to downloas the pdf version or visit our Projects page.

Image: Maverick barley (50% seeding rate) and Horizon Peas (50% seeding rate) in mixture at Melfort in August 2015.

Image Credit: Brett Mollison, AAFC/Northeast Agriculture Research Foundation

Posted April 28, 2016


CEC Grassland Beneficial Management Practices Project Complete

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Saskatchewan Project

The Saskatchewan Forage Council was selected by the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA, as one of the provincial partners on the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Grassland Beneficial Managment Practices (BMP) pilot project.  By working with our provincial partners and contacts the SFC successfully identified Coy Schellenberg-Perrin Ranching, Beechy, SK to work with on this project.

The Schellenberg Family has always taken pride in their native landscape and, like the generations before them, manages grazing so as to preserve this resource by maintaining biopersity and a healthy ecosystem. Healthy productive grass and riparian areas, clean water, and abundant wildlife are signs of this careful stewardship.

This project consisted of cross-fencing one of the ranch’s largest native pastures. The pasture was five sections (3200 acres – 1295 hectares), and a plan to cross-fence it has been long in the works to allow for improved control of grazing frequency, intensity, and duration.  This project was completed during early spring of 2015. Results will be monitored by conducting range health assessments over the next number of years to ensure that range health is being maintained or improved.

To read the final report (pdf), click here

Posted April 4, 2016


Will You Be Needing Forage Insurance In 2016?

2015 was a challenging year for many forage producers as production was reduced in many areas of the province due to spring frosts and dry conditions early in the growing season.  Most producers who participated in the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation’s (SCIC) forage insurance program last year received compensation for their lower production. Enhancements have been made for 2016 and producers may want to consider forage insurance before the March 31 sign up deadline. 

This year producers have access to a higher level of forage coverage.  Insured prices are up more than 30 per cent when compared to 2015 and forage establishment coverage has increased from $55 per acre to $70 per acre.

Over the years SCIC has worked diligently with producers and industry organizations to build an effective forage insurance program for hay, pastureland and greenfeed.  This consultation was instrumental in changes to the pricing options that producers have for their forage insurance.  Producers expressed concern over restrictions on how forage insurance prices can reach a maximum, even though the market may still be rising dramatically due to uncontrollable factors.  For 2016 producers who choose the Variable Price Option or In-Season Price Option, when they select their forage insurance coverage, will no longer have a cap on the maximum value for the forage insurance price.  If the market price for hay rises over the course of the year, as it did in 2015, producers selecting these two pricing options will see the full price increase reflected in their forage claim.
SCIC continues to provide additional choices and options for forage insurance.  Producers who do not want to use the In-Season or Variable Price Options can continue with the traditional multi-peril forage insurance where producers can select 50, 60, 70 or 80 per cent coverage on the forecasted forage insurance price.  The 2016 forage insurance prices can be found at: saskcropinsurance.com/ci/forage.


SCIC continues to work with producer groups such as the Saskatchewan Forage Council to further improve programming so it remains on target with producer needs. If you would like more information about forage insurance, visit a Saskatchewan Crop Insurance office or saskcropinsurance.com.

To read the full article describing a number of forage insurance options click here

Posted March 25, 2016


January 2016 Forage Market Report Now Available

Saskatchewan Forage Council Forage Market Price Discovery in Saskatchewan

In the previous fall of 2015, forage prices in Saskatchewan rose dramatically due to cool and dry conditions which significantly hampered yields. Early concerns were somewhat alleviated, however, when late summer and fall rains fell and the Prairies experienced mild temperatures. Several annual crops were perted into greendfeed which also reduced pressure on perennial forage supplies. As well, the extended fall season caused many producers to take a second cut of forage. In some cases, producers did risk the chance of winterkill in their stands. The mild fall and winter weather also allowed livestock producers to graze long into the winter in many parts of the province, thus reducing their reliance on stored forage.

Prices generally softened as the fall and winter continued, compared with the values previously reported in September. One exception was straw, which increased in value from the reported fall price. January 2016 prices were higher for every forage category compared to prices reported the previous year in 2015. 

To read a synopsis of the report (pdf) click here.

To view the full report (pdf) click here

Posted March 23, 2016


A Special Thank You to Saskatchewan Forage Council Sponsors

 

Gold

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Silver

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Union Forage  
Abbey Resources Corp
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Bronze

Ducks Unlimited Northstar
Pickseed SeCan
Ponderosa Ag Sales SCIC
   

 

The SFC also gratefully acknowledges funding for…
Facilitating Forage Initiatives in Saskatchewan’ project through the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Industry Development Fund (SCAIDF)

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