Current ADOPT Projects
Saskatchewan Forage Variety Demonstrations:
The Saskatchewan variety demonstration goals are to:
1. Provide reliable and independent performance information for Saskatchewan producers, seed companies and plant breeders;
2. Provide publicly funded forage breeders at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) with the ability to compare new germplasm against existing registered varieties;
3. Coordinate the regional variety performance evaluation process for registered commercial varieties of forage crops in Saskatchewan;
4. Share the responsibility for forage testing among various stakeholders groups; and
5. Encourage as much data collection as possible and to ensure that the tests are uniform.
Forage variety demonstration plots were seeded in the spring of 2017, and will be harvested for three consecutive years. Forage seed yield trials will be held at Melfort. Forage biomass trials will be held at Melfort, Saskatoon, Scott and Swift Current.
Integrated Approaches to Control Leafy Spurge in Perennial Pasture:
Control of Leafy Spurge in range or pastureland is very difficult. This project is looking at late season herbicide application on leafy spurge plants weakened by the leafy spurge beetle. There are sites at Keeler, Battleford, and Marsden. There are three herbicide treatments and a control at each site.
Targeted High Stock Density Grazing Demonstration:
The objective of this project is to demonstrate the logistics and effectiveness of high stock density (~100,000 pounds live animals per acre) as a tool to manage perennial forages for productivity and longevity.
The anticipated benefits of this management tool include improved forage utilization, suppression of noxious weeds, as well as improved water & nutrient cycling. Forage utilization, weed suppression, litter layer, bare ground, riparian area impact and yield will all be measured. The trial sites are at Lestock and Moose Jaw.
Delaying the Stage of Maturity at Swathing to Increase Winter Grazing Days for Swath Grazed Barley:
The objective of this project is to demonstrate that altering the maturity at harvest for barley used in swath grazing can increase grazing days without negatively affecting cow performance. Also, to help producers learn to identify the differences between the relevant stages of crop maturity and a comparison of grazing at the soft dough stage vs the hard dough stage.The benefit to producers is the potential to demonstrate a technology that can increase forage yield without affecting forage costs.The trial sites are 30 acres in size and are located near Swift Current, Clavet, and a site TBA in the black soil zone.
Updated October 1, 2018
Thank you to current & past partners and sponsors on Saskatchewan Forage Council projects:
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture Development Fund; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Growing Forward 2; Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association Industry Development Fund; Commission for Environmental Co-operation; Ducks Unlimited Canada, Greencover Canada Program; Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre, Thompson Rivers University, Northeast Agricultural Research Foundation, Western Beef Development Centre, University of Saskatchewan Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Saskatchewan and Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Programs; and many co-operating producers and research farms. Visit the completed projects page to learn about partners on specific projects.