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INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
-EXTENSIVE THREE YEAR PROJECT COMPLETED-
The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) and industry partners have completed the CAAP (Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program) project, "Invasive Plant Species Management Strategies: Capacity Building for Saskatchewan's Forage & Livestock Industry."
Invasive plant species are present in Saskatchewan and are often found
established within forage acres. These invasive plant species pose a
very real and significant threat. This extensive three year project provided the resources to
path find and pilot solution for the forage and livestock industry to
deal with this ever-growing threat of invasive plant species. A
proactive approach was taken to develop the capacity and tools to
respond to the issue and pilot practical measures across the wider
industry. Project objectives included increasing Saskatchewan producers’
awareness of invasive plant species and also assessed existing
weed-free forage certification programs and the potential for these to
be adapted for Saskatchewan use.
The project was very successful in meeting its original objectives.
Awareness of the threat of invasive plant species was increased and an
in depth assessment of existing weed-free forage certification programs and
opportunities for a provincial program were fully evaluated. Clearly,
there is much work left to be done but this project fulfilled its role
to initiate the conversation, bring industry partners together on this
critical issue, and identify next steps.
To view the Project Final Report, click here. To view the Strategic Assessment Report, click here. To view the Facilitated Focus Group Report, click here. To view the Project Summary, click here.
The education and awareness component of this project involved the creation of a series of five Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) factsheets focusing on the prevention and control of invasive plant species
within various sectors of the forage industry including FORAGE SEED, GRAZING, RIPARIAN, HAY, and TRANSPORTATION. It also involved the creation of the SASKATCHEWAN INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES IDENTIFICATION GUIDE. The ID Guide
focuses on the many invasive plant species that are pertinent to SK and
provides plant characteristics and information about each species.
To view or download online versions of the Factsheets, click here.
To view or download an online version of the ID Guide, click here.
Print copies of all the Factsheets and the ID Guides are available by contacting the SFC at 306.969.2666 or
Funding for this project has been
provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian
Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Saskatchewan, this program is
delivered by the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan. A project
steering committee participated in the project’s activities, design and
delivery and included representatives from the following
organizations/agencies: Saskatchewan Forage Council, Frenchman-Wood
River Weed Management Area, Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development
Commission, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Saskatchewan
Association of Rural Municipalities, and Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada. Additional support (financial and in-kind) for this project was
provided by Crossing the Medicine Line Network, SaskEnergy, SaskPower,
SaskTel, True North Specialty Products, ConocoPhillips, Dow AgroSciences
and Canada North Environmental Services.
PRAIRIE SEEDS NEWSLETTER - FALL 2013
The Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development Commission (SFSDC) has released their Fall 2013 Prairie Seeds Newsletter. It provides relevant updates and information surrounding forage seed industry research, production, and events.
To view the Newsletter, click here.
Posted November 3, 2013
OPTIONS FOR ESTABLISHING FORAGES ON SALINE SOILS
The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) and partners have recently completed the ADOPT (Agricultural Demonstration of Practices and Technologies) project, "Options for Establishing Forages on Saline Soils."
Saline areas are a significant concern for Saskatchewan producers. The objective of this project was to pathfind different options for establishing forages on these saline areas, including new and existing forage varieties with the potential to germinate and compete with saline-tolerant weeds.
A presentation has been put together by the SFC to show the results of the project and the lessons learned. To view the presentation, click here.
To read the complete Project Summary, click here.
To view the Forages on Saline Soils ADOPT project Final Report, click here.
Posted October 14, 2013
SK HAY & PASTURE REPORT - OCTOBER 2013
Another growing season in Saskatchewan has come and gone. Although the growing season on the Canadian Prairies is normally a short one, this growing season felt condensed. A late spring, followed by a cool summer and dry fall, has left some of us thinking, “Where did the season go”? None the less, there is hay in the stack and pastures are still supporting healthy livestock, which indicate that important things were accomplished amidst the blur of the season. Reports from around the province indicate that forage yields this year were near average in many regions. Although supplies of hay outside our borders have seemed to improve, there are some regions where low supply is still driving demand for forages. This has put upward pressure on prices this season, and current market prices indicate that producers purchasing hay are paying roughly 15-25% more than last year. In this issue of the Saskatchewan Hay & Pasture Report, you will find details on regional crop conditions, a review of the forage season in each of the Prairie Provinces (AB/SK/MB), an economic analysis of hay storage, a report about the Canadian Forage Variety Performance Testing Program, a focus on Sainfoin as a perennial legume option, and an article about an innovative hay auction idea. In addition, you will find a summary of forage market information from SK and surrounding jurisdictions.
To view the SK Hay & Pasture Report, click here.
(Photo Credit: Grant Lastiwka, AARD)
Posted October 4, 2013
2013 FORAGE INDUSTRY INNOVATION AWARD
PRESENTED TO MICHEL TREMBLAY
The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) is pleased to announce presentation of the 2013 Forage Industry Innovation Award to Mr Michel Tremblay at the Council’s Annual Meeting held June 24, 2013 at Saskatoon, SK. This award recognizes exemplary innovation, leadership, service and stewardship in Saskatchewan’s forage industry.
The Saskatchewan Forage Council congratulates Michel on receiving the 2013 Forage Industry Innovation Award. In honour of Michel, the SFC has made a contribution in his name to the Alicia Hargrave Memorial Bursary, College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan.
To read the complete SFC News Release, click here.
Posted August 16, 2013
SFC ELECTS 2013/2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE
One new director and several returning individuals were recently named to the Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting held on June 24, 2013 at Saskatoon, SK. The SFC welcomes Diane Knight from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources (department of Soil Science) to the Board. Re-elected to the Board for a renewed term were Aaron Ivey, producer from Ituna, SK, Sarah Sommerfeld with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in Outlook, SK and Alan Iwaasa with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Swift Current, SK.
The SFC recognized retiring Board member Fran Walley from the University of Saskatchewan. Walley’s contribution to the SFC and the entire forage industry during her time on the Board is sincerely appreciated. Walley completed two years on the SFC Board.
To read the complete SFC News Release, click here.
Posted July 22, 2013
SFC CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF SERVING THE FORAGE INDUSTRY
The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) was officially formed May 2, 1988 by a visionary group of forage industry stakeholders. The original board of directors included: Robert McGillivray, S.E. Beacom, Les Bohrson, Rodney Duczek, Don Gayton, Clare Phillips, Ken Stoner, Greg Sommerfeld and Bill Weighill. This group represented people from the forage seed, research, export, processing and livestock sectors - indicating that since its inception in 1988, the SFC has recognized and embraced the diversity of the forage industry.
The SFC was formed as a means to provide the forage industry with a voice. The formation of a provincial council would be a way to pull those working on forage issues together. Also, forages were not adequately represented by other crop commodity groups, thus there was a gap to be filled.
It is important to acknowledge the hard work and vision of all the former board members and employees that have helped make this council a success. Here’s to another 25 years serving the forage industry!
To read the complete article, click here.
Posted July 8, 2013
SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE MARKET REPORT - JANUARY 2013
The Saskatchewan Forage Market Report
from January 2013 is now
available! This report provides an overview of the past 2012 forage industry season in Saskatchewan including production, environmental, and
market conditions. It gives buyers and sellers price averages for
forages bought and sold in Saskatchewan and beyond during the 2012 year, as well as the
current market situation heading into the spring of 2013.
To view the Saskatchewan Forage Market Report - January 2013, click here.
(Photo Credit: Laura-Lie Schellenberg, Beechy, SK)
Posted April 17, 2013
SK FORAGE COUNCIL WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Leanne Thompson as their new Executive Director.
Leanne Thompson comes to the SFC with a wealth of experience working with Provincial producer associations and several agricultural organizations. Thompson has also worked with the SFC on a variety of projects over the past 4 years so was in an excellent position to take on this role.
To read the complete SFC News Release, click here.
Leanne will be operating the SFC from her home office located near Ceylon, SK. Please note that contact information for the SFC including mailing address, phone and fax numbers are changed effective immediately.
Leanne Thompson and the office of the Saskatchewan Forage Council may now be reached at:
PO Box 87
Ceylon, SK S0C 0T0
Phone (306) 969-2666
Fax (306) 969-2226
Posted October 15, 2012
LIVESTOCK & FORAGE GAZETTE - NOW ELECTRONIC
The Livestock and Forage Gazette has enjoyed a dedicated readership in Saskatchewan and beyond during the last decade. To see a previous newsletter please click here. It is now moving to electronic distribution, so if you would like to receive the January 2012 enewsletter please join the mailing list. The Gazette will continue to provide you with the same informative content that livestock producers have come to know and expect!
To sign up for the electronic Livestock and Forage Gazette, click on the Forage Gazette Sign Up tab in the side menu on the left (in the Main Menu under Contact Us)
Posted December 20, 2011
SASKATCHEWAN'S FORAGE INDUSTRY REPORT RELEASED
The Saskatchewan Forage Council is pleased to announce the release of the much-anticipated report entitled “The Value of Saskatchewan’s Forage Industry – A Multi-Level Analysis”. The first of its kind in the province, the report characterizes this diverse industry and looks at the value of forages to Saskatchewan’s economy, environment and society as a whole. Read more...
Download the complete report: Print Version(4.4MB) or Screen Version(2.2MB)
For more information or to request a print copy of the report, contact the Saskatchewan Forage Council at 306.969.2666 or
Posted April 15, 2010
The Saskatchewan Forage Council Gratefully Acknowledges funding for our 'Facilitating Forage Initiatives in Saskatchewan' project through the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association
Cattle Marketing Deductions Fund: