What would you like to see more of on the website?
 
Join Our Mailing List
Join Our Mailing List
by putting in your email below

Thank You to Our Supporters:

 

 

 
Home
What's New
 
 *WATCH FOR THE NEW AND IMPROVED SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE COUNCIL WEBSITE COMING SOON!*
 

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.
 
To read the full press release, click here.
 
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.   Hay Bale

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 forage questions!

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Posted June 4, 2016


DEMONSTRATION OF FORAGE PEA IN MIXTURE WITH CEREALS FOR GREENFEED
 
Saskatchewan Forage Council Forage ADOPT Project *COMPLETED*                
 
This projecMaverick Barley Horizon Peas for greenfeedt 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:

Sask Cattlemen's Association logo


 
 
 
Maintained by
Prairie Orchid Media
Copyright ©2007-2015 Saskatchewan Forage Council
P.O. Box 308 Asquith, SK S0K 0J0