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’.
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
Pastures and Grazing
Hay and Winter Feeding
Economics and Markets
Invasive Species Control
Forage Crop Establishment
Perennial Forage Species
Technology and Innovation