Monday, January 27, 2020

Projects Completed in 2018:

Project Name: Saskatchewan Forage Network

Completion Date: March 31, 2018


The Saskatchewan Forage Network (SFN) was initiated by the Saskatchewan Forage Council with a mission ‘to facilitate a collaborative approach to research, technology transfer, and industry development for all forage and livestock industry stakeholders in Saskatchewan through efforts which complement and expand the current activities and resources at work within the province and across Canada’.

Click here to view list of projects completed through the SFN.

Click here to read the Final Report from the SFN.

Network Steering Committee members included: Native Plant Society of SK (Chet Neufeld), SK Bison Association (Les Kroeger, Avery Shepherd), SK Cattlemen’s Association (Michael Spratt), SK Forage Council (Aaron Ivey, Leanna Rousell), SK Forage Seed Development Commission (David Maxwell, Ray McVicar), SK Leafcutters Association/SK Alfalfa Seed Producers Association (Andrew Lindsay-Hawkins, Jeffrey Freedman), SK Prairie Conservation Action Plan (Orin Balas), SK Sheep Development Board (Arlette Seib), SK Stock Growers Association (Henry McCarthy, Chad MacPherson), and SaskMilk (Jack Ford). Through the steering committee, industry organizations provided oversight and direction in order to ensure that the vision, mission and objectives of the Saskatchewan Forage Network were efficiently and successfully accomplished.

Industry partner groups’ significant in-kind contributions to this project were essential and a very valued component for the successful delivery of activities and outcomes. Financial contributions over the duration of the project were provided by:
• Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Saskatchewan, this program was delivered by the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan;
• Saskatchewan Beef Industry Development Fund (SBIDF) administered by the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association;
• Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward 2 bi-lateral agreement
• Saskatchewan forage and livestock industry groups and non-government organizations including Saskatchewan Bison Association (SBA), Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA), Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC), Saskatchewan Leafcutters Association (SLA), Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development Commission (SFSDC), SaskMilk, and Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Project Name: Rolling oats, barley and alfalfa after emergence

Completion Date: January 31, 2018


The objective of this project was to demonstrate the effect rolling after emergence has on the forage yield of three crops used for silage production.

Results/Outcomes:Rolling of alfalfa, oats or barley after emergence at the 1, 2 or 3 leaf stage did not appear to reduce the dry matter yield of these crops when harvested for forage later in the fall. In this demonstration soil conditions were dry when the crops were rolled and seedlings germinated and grew from the bottom of shallow furrows left by the seed drill. These two factors probably acted together to protect the newly germinated crops from damage from the roller. Although it cannot be concluded that rolling did not affect forage yield because of the lack of a not-rolled check, based on the very good yield of all crops in this demonstration, it did not appear that either rolling or stage of rolling negatively affected forage yields.

Project Partners: This project was supported by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s Agricultural Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) initiative under the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward Bi-lateral Agreement. The Ministry’s support for the project was acknowledged on signage displayed at the site. Thank you to Brett Mollison AAFC Melfort Research Farm and Al Foster, Regional Forage Specialist for their help in the completion of this project.

Project Report: A pdf copy of the final report is available here for download.

Projects completed 2017 and earlier

Annual Forage Species

Demonstration of Forage Peas in Mixture with Cereals for Greenfeed Production (2016)

Annual Forage Species Demonstration (2013)

Grazing Non-Traditional Annual Forage Mixtures (2012)

Adaptation, Yield and Quality of Annual Forage Crop Culitvars in Saskatchewan (2005)

Silage Variety Comparison for Dairy Production in Saskatchewan (2013)


Demonstrating the Use of Yellowhead Alfalfa in a One-Cut and Two-Cut Harvest System, Year Two (2017)

Demonstration of AC Yellowhead Persistence and Performance in Saskatchewan Forage Stands (2017)

Demonstration of Scarification Methods for Cicer Milkvetch Seed (2017)

Demonstrating the Use of Yellowhead Alfalfa in a One-Cut and Two-Cut Harvest System, Year One (2015)

Cicer Milkvetch Establishment Options Cicer Milkvetch Establishment Options (2014)

Establishing Cicer Milkvetch using Trampling from Bale Grazing (2011)

Capacity Building in Tame Forage Species Management – Alfalfa (2006)

Pasture Renovation with Kura Clover (2006)

Pastures and Grazing

Use of the Grazing Response Index (GRI) on Saskatchewan Pastures to Facilitate Forage Management Decisions (2017)

Trace Mineral Status of Saskatchewan Pastures (2014)

Hay and Winter Feeding

Baling Alfalfa: Comparing Leaf Shatter Loss to Heat Damage (2013)

Hay Preservatives for High Moisture Bales (2013)

Nutrient and Yield Effect of Bale Grazing on Hay Fields (2011)

Economics and Markets

An Economic Assessment of Feed Costs within the Cow/calf Sector (2011)

Western Canadian Organic Beef and Forage Industry: Current Market Conditions and Trends for the Future (2011)

Forage Seed Production and Quality Control Focusing on Weed Control and Harvest Management (2006)

Hay and Forage Seed Production and Marketing in Saskatchewan (2005)

Invasive Species Control

Control of Absinth and Common Tansy in Perennial Pastures Using Three Methods of Wiper Application (2016)

Invasive Plant Species Management Strategies: Capacity Building for Saskatchewan’s Forage & Livestock Industry (2013)

A Comparison of Chemical and Biological Control of Scentless Chamomile in Mixed Alfalfa/Grass Hay and Pasture Stands (2012)

Assessment of Brush Control Herbicides in Parkland Pastures (2010)

Forage Crop Establishment

Options for Establishing Forages on Saline Soils (2013)

Re-establishing Alfalfa into Existing Grass Stands (2011)

Utilization of New Grass Cultivars for Reclamation of Saline Sites (2008)

Perennial Forage Species

Demonstration of Perennial Forage Crops (2013)

Stockpiling Perennial Forages (2010)

Development of Perennial Native Species Stands in the Black Soil Zone of Manitoba and Saskatchewan (2008)

Development of Identification Tools for Perennial Introduced and Native Species (2007)

Industry Collaboration

CEC Grassland Outreach and Pilot Manger Project (2015)

2006 Saskatchewan Pasture School (2006)

2004 Canadian Forage and Turf Seed Conference (2004)

Development of a Forage and Amenity Seed Check-off in Saskatchewan - Final Phase (2006)

Development of a Forage and Amenity Seed Check-off in Saskatchewan - Phase 2 (2004)

Feasibility Study for a Forage and Amenity Seed Check-off in Saskatchewan (2003)

Technology and Innovation

Interactive Tools for Forage Species Selection and Seeding Rate Calculation (2007)

Foragebeef Website Development (2003)


A Special Thank You to Saskatchewan Forage Council Sponsors



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