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July 26, 2016 near Saskatoon, SK 
Join the SFC for our 18th Annual Meeting and Tour! This year's event will be held in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development Commission's (SFSDC) Forage Crop Summer Field Tour. The tour will be hosted by the University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre. 
Tour the Kernen Research Farm and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Farm, hear updates on the SFC's activities at the AGM, followed by presentation of the Forage Industry Innovation Award .  This award was developed by the Saskatchewan Forage Council in 2008 to acknowledge exemplary innovation, leadership, service and stewardship in Saskatchewan’s forage industry by producers, land managers, agency staff and researchers.
Click here to view the event poster.
Posted May 7, 2016

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
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Saskatchewan Project                                                                                    
The Saskatchewan Forage Council was selected by the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA, as one of the provincial partners on the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Grassland Beneficial Managment Practices (BMP) pilot project.  By working with our provincial partners and contacts the SFC successfully identified Coy Schellenberg-Perrin Ranching, Beechy, SK to work with on this project.
The Schellenberg Family has always taken pride in their native landscape and, like the generations before them, manages grazing so as to preserve this resource by maintaining biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem. Healthy productive grass and riparian areas, clean water, and abundant wildlife are signs of this careful stewardship.
This project consisted of cross-fencing one of the ranch’s largest native pastures. The pasture was five sections (3200 acres – 1295 hectares), and a plan to cross-fence it has been long in the works to allow for improved control of grazing frequency, intensity, and duration.  This project was completed during early spring of 2015. Results will be monitored by conducting range health assessments over the next number of years to ensure that range health is being maintained or improved.
To read the final report (pdf), click here
Posted April 4, 2016
Saskatchewan Forage Council Forage Market Price Discovery in Saskatchewan
In the previous fall of 2015, forage prices in Saskatchewan rose dramatically due to cool and dry conditions which significantly hampered yields. Early concerns were somewhat alleviated, however, when late summer and fall rains fell and the Prairies experienced mild temperatures. Several annual crops were diverted into greendfeed which also reduced pressure on perennial forage supplies. As well, the extended fall season caused many producers to take a second cut of forage. In some cases, producers did risk the chance of winterkill in their stands. The mild fall and winter weather also allowed livestock producers to graze long into the winter in many parts of the province, thus reducing their reliance on stored forage.
Prices generally softened as the fall and winter continued, compared with the values previously reported in September. One exception was straw, which increased in value from the reported fall price. January 2016 prices were higher for every forage category compared to prices reported the previous year in 2015. 
To read a synopsis of the report (pdf) click here.
To view the full report (pdf) click here
Posted March 23, 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:

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