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SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE COUNCIL ANNOUNCES FORAGE INDUSTRY INNOVATION AWARD RECIPIENT
Several forage industry stakeholders, producers, and researchers came together at the saskatchewan Forage Council Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon, SK on July 26, 2016. The day was planned in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development Commission’s summer field tour. The event featured a tour of the University of Saskatchewan’s Kernen Farm forage plots as well as a tour of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Saskatoon Research and Development Centre.
The day concluded with the announcement of the 2016 Forage Industry Innovation Award, which was presented to Dr. Paul Jefferson. “It is an honour to be recognized by the industry and I am very grateful to the ominators and to the Saskatchewan Forage Council Board of Directors,” said Jefferson. Jefferson, who has had a successful forage research career that has spanned over three decades, initially became interested in alfalfa breeding and genetics as a student at the University of Guelph. After a Master’s Degree, he came to Saskatchewan in 1981 where he started working at what is now the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Swift Current Research and Development Centre. Interested in drought-resistant forages, he obtained his PhD at Utah State University. “When I returned to Swift Current in 1987, I had the tools to conduct research in a number of areas related to forage and range in Saskatchewan, depending on the needs and issues in the industry,” he explained.
Jefferson has always been a great advocate for forage and uses every opportunity he can to raise awareness of the value and importance of forage and range to the livestock industries in Saskatchewan and Canada. In 2007, Jefferson moved to the Western Beef Development Centre at Lanigan, SK, where he is currently their Vice President of Operations.
The day also included the Saskatchewan Forage Council Board Meeting, where Dave Kerr was elected as the new president. Kerr, who is a forage and beef producer from Lashburn, SK, is prepared to take on the role. “I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge. I think the Saskatchewan Forage Council is playing a prominent role in forages and research in the province,” Kerr said recently.
Posted August 21, 2016
SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE HARVEST CHALLENGE
the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Central Testing Laboratories, , Ducks Unlimited, the Saskatchewan Forage Council and Saskatchewan Peavey Mart locations are working together to promote the Saskatchewan Hay Harvest Challenge. The goal is to raise awareness of the importance of growing and harvesting good quality forage and the importance of feed testing.
Haying season approaches, and the challenge to put up good-quality hay with minimal field losses exists. Regardless of harvest management and weather conditions, the nutrient content of forage is highly variable. Matching the nutrients supplied by the forage with livestock nutrient requirements is only possible if the nutrient content of the forage is known.
Growing and harvesting good quality forage is the first step in
meeting the nutritional requirements of livestock. To keep track of the
quality of their forage, many livestock and forage producers keep a
field record book.
The Saskatchewan Hay Harvest Challenge provides producers with a
pocket-sized field book to record hay field conditions and harvest
operations across their forage acres. In taking the Hay Harvest
Challenge, producers are encouraged to submit forage samples for feed
testing. The field record book provides an entry form to fill in after
the feed test analysis is returned. Not only is the field book for
record-keeping, it is also full of forage production and harvest
management information - great for a quick reference to often-asked
Prizes for the Saskatchewan Hay Harvest Challenge include eight $250
vouchers for feed testing analysis sponsored by Central Testing
Laboratories and a $1,000 voucher for an in-store merchandise purchase
from a Saskatchewan Peavey Mart location. Entry forms are found in the
official field record book. The official challenge kick-off date is May
24, 2016 and all entries must be received by January 27, 2017. For more
information or to obtain an official field record book contact your
local Regional Forage Specialist, call the Agriculture Knowledge
Centre at 1-866-457-2377 or contact the SFC at
Posted June 4, 2016
DEMONSTRATION OF FORAGE PEA IN MIXTURE WITH CEREALS FOR GREENFEED
Saskatchewan Forage Council Forage ADOPT Project *COMPLETED*
t 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
The Saskatchewan Forage Council Gratefully
Acknowledges funding for our 'Facilitating Forage Initiatives in
Saskatchewan' project through the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association
Saskatchewan Beef Industry Development Fund: