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HARVEST SHOWDOWN FORAGE SHOW
time of year again! The Harvest Showdown Commercial Forage Show is coming
up on November 2 to 5, 2016. We would like to invite you to enter by
October 14, 2016. The entry fee is only $20.00 per sample to help cover
the cost of the feed test. This is an excellent opportunity to
inexpensively obtain a detailed forage analysis as it normally costs twice as
much. Assistance is available to interpret the results and design a
winter ration for your cattle from Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.
A forage test can be a valuable tool not only to determine what your livestock
feed requirements and costs will be for the winter but also as a selling
feature if you are marketing your forage. Click
here to enter your sample.
Posted October 5, 2016
FORAGE TESTING PROGRAM TAKES SHAPE IN SASKATCHEWAN
Brian Cross, The Western Producer, August 18, 2016
Plans to introduce a new province-wide forage testing program in Saskatchewan are proceeding as planned, according to government officials who attended a recent forage industry field day near Saskatoon.
Terry Kowalchuk, provincial forage specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, said work is continuing in hopes that demonstration sites will be established and plots seeded by next spring.
If that happens, the first data from the testing program would likely be available in 2018.
“It’s really about allowing producers to understand what the performance of commercially available forage varieties is in their region,” said Kowalchuk, who is spearheading efforts to get the testing program off the ground.
“I think this is very important information for the forage sector.… Forage is the foundation of the beef industry and the livestock industry in this province so understanding what varieties and what species to put in is very important for producers … and for the province.”
Discussions about setting up a province-wide testing program started a few years ago.
In 2014, the Saskatchewan Advisory Council of Forage Crops identified the lack of a co-ordinated testing program as a critical gap in provincial programming.
Posted August 21, 2016
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
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
FEDERAL INVESTMENT WILL HELP MANITOBA FARMERS PREDICT THE EFFECTS OF FLOOD AND DROUGHT ON FARMLAND
Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada Press Release June 13, 2016
Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced today an investment of over $1.1 million for the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association to develop a hydrology model of the Assiniboine River Basin that will help predict the effects of flooding, excess moisture and extreme drought on agricultural lands.
Based on the new model, a web-based tool will be developed that farmers can use to gather information on their farmland to help effectively manage moistures levels and mitigate risk associated with drought and flooding.
Information collected will contribute to better risk management strategies for farmers and the agricultural sector and could potentially lead to the development of new and improved insurance products.
Posted July 14, 2016
APAS RECOGNIZES PROVINCIAL INVESTMENT IN AGRICULTURE
Agricultural Producers Assocation of Saskatchewan, June 2, 2016 News Release
The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is pleased with the funding commitment provided for agriculture in the 2016/17 provincial budget, which was tabled Wednesday morning.
“By continuing to fund current agricultural programs and services, the budget for 2016/17 clearly recognizes the important role that agriculture plays in sustaining economic growth now and into the future,” said Norm Hall, APAS President.
The 2016-17 budget maintained funding for important agricultural business risk management programs including crop insurance, AgriInvest and AgriStability. The government will also continue to invest in strategic initiatives in the areas of research and innovation, business development, and programs to enhance awareness of our industry’s commitment to safe and sustainable production practices.
Posted June 4, 2016
SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING AND TOUR
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
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.
Posted May 7, 2016
UPDATE FROM THE SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE NETWORK
The Value in Creating Conversations
Entering the third and final year of the
current funding cycle, the Saskatchewan Forage Network provides the following
update on activities and accomplishments to date. In addition an emphasis is
placed upon the future as the Network strives to maintain and expand these
collaborative industry actions.
initiated in November 2012 through the efforts of a group of industry partners
with establishment made possible through a project administered by the
Saskatchewan Forage Council, the concept of the Saskatchewan Forage Network was
many years in the making. Discussions and brainstorming sessions started long before
day one to create a model for industry collaboration, cooperation and
communication. And that is exactly what has been accomplished and where the
Network is today!
a vision to grow the forage and livestock industry’s future for producer
profitability a very active and engaged steering committee* was established. A
Coordinator was hired and the Network got to work sharing information, creating
dialogue and ‘getting things done’.
Network model essentially corresponds to a virtual meeting space built upon
regular and ongoing conversations amongst a far-reaching group of stakeholders. The Network is not the creation of a new
organization or legal entity but rather a forum where those with an interest in
forage can share their knowledge, expertise, and opinions to help find and
create a path forward.
important to note that for the purpose of the Network’s areas of focus,
“forage” includes tame species, native rangelands, perennials and annuals –
from forage seed production through to end-users in the livestock sectors,
while sustaining important ecosystems and resources. It is this recognition of
just how far-reaching and important the forage industry is that has brought the
various sectors to the table. It is relatively unique to find a gathering of no
fewer than nine industry organizations, from forage seed growers to various livestock
producers, working collectively.
Janice Bruynooghe, MSc PAg
SK Forage Network Coordinator
To read the full update, click here.
DEMONSTRATION OF FORAGE PEA IN MIXTURE WITH CEREALS FOR GREENFEED
Saskatchewan Forage Council Forage ADOPT Project *COMPLETED*
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
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
CEC GRASSLAND BENEFICIAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES PROJECT COMPLETE
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
Posted April 4, 2016
JANUARY 2016 FORAGE MARKET REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
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
Posted March 23, 2016
CONTROL OF ABSINTH AND TANSY IN PERENNIAL PASTURE
Saskatchewan Forage Council Project Update
The Saskatchewan Forage Council, in partnership with the Saskatchewan
Ministry of Agriculture and Ducks Unlimited, is undertaking a project to
demonstrate the effects of weed wiper applicators on absinth and common
tansy on perennial pastures. In 2015, glyphosate herbicide was applied
at six sites (three absinth and three tansy sites) using two weed wiper
applicators: a rotating steel drum-type applicator and a wick
applicator. Sites were then observed one month and three months after
herbicide application and the effects on the weed and the surrounding
desirable vegetation were noted. This project will continue with a
follow-up assessment in 2016 and the final report will be posted on the
A short web video has been produced to share the project results to
date. This video has been posted on the Saskatchewan Forage Council's YouTube Channel
. To view the video, click here
The project was supported by the Agricultural Demonstration of
Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) initiative under the
Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward 2 bi-lateral agreement.
Posted February 7, 2016
WILL YOU BE NEEDING FORAGE INSURANCE IN 2016?
2015 was a challenging year for many forage producers as production was
reduced in many areas of the province due to spring frosts and dry
conditions early in the growing season. Most producers who participated
in the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation’s (SCIC) forage
insurance program last year received compensation for their lower
production. Enhancements have been made for 2016 and producers may want
to consider forage insurance before the March 31 sign up deadline.
This year producers have access to a higher level of forage coverage.
Insured prices are up more than 30 per cent when compared to 2015 and
forage establishment coverage has increased from $55 per acre to $70 per
Over the years SCIC has worked diligently with producers and industry
organizations to build an effective forage insurance program for hay,
pastureland and greenfeed. This consultation was instrumental in
changes to the pricing options that producers have for their forage
insurance. Producers expressed concern over restrictions on how forage
insurance prices can reach a maximum, even though the market may still
be rising dramatically due to uncontrollable factors. For 2016
producers who choose the Variable Price Option or In-Season Price
Option, when they select their forage insurance coverage, will no longer
have a cap on the maximum value for the forage insurance price. If the
market price for hay rises over the course of the year, as it did in
2015, producers selecting these two pricing options will see the full
price increase reflected in their forage claim.
SCIC continues to provide additional choices and options for forage
insurance. Producers who do not want to use the In-Season or Variable
Price Options can continue with the traditional multi-peril forage
insurance where producers can select 50, 60, 70 or 80 per cent coverage
on the forecasted forage insurance price. The 2016 forage insurance
prices can be found at: saskcropinsurance.com/ci/forage
SCIC continues to work with producer groups such as the Saskatchewan
Forage Council to further improve programming so it remains on target
with producer needs. If you would like more information about forage
insurance, visit a Saskatchewan Crop Insurance office or saskcropinsurance.com
To read the full article describing a number of forage insurance options click here
Posted March 25, 2016
BUILDING LONG-TERM CAPACITY FOR RESILIENT COW-CALF PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Manitoba Beef Producers Project
This project, funding by the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), is evaluating stockpiled perennial and annual forages to fill knowledge gaps in forage and beef cow performance in extended grazing systems. Project sites are located in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba and the Fall/Winter Grazing Study will take place in 2016 and 2017 with an economic analysis of stockpiled grazing the following year.
To learn more, click here.
Posted February 7, 2016
ALBERTA BEEF, FORAGE AND GRAZING CENTRE
Alberta Beef Producers Press Release, December 9, 2015
Alberta Beef Producers (ABP), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC),
and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) are pleased to announce the
Alberta Beef, Forage and Grazing Centre Agreement. It is an
industry-government partnership designed to coordinate and advance
research and extension activities related to the forage and beef sectors
in the province.
The initial five-year agreement highlights specific, measureable,
long-term strategic goals designed to improve the productivity,
competitiveness, sustainability, land and resource use efficiency of the
forage-beef system. The goals are as follows:
Build and maintain research and extension capacity
Reduce winter feeding costs by 50 percent
Reduce environmental footprint of the cowherd by 15 percent
Improve cow efficiency by 15 percent
Reduce backgrounding costs by 50 percent
Improve late summer/fall pasture productivity by 30 percent
The concept for the Alberta Beef, Forage and Grazing Centre arose from
producer and industry group concerns regarding the need for essential
applied forage research and extension for beef producers in Alberta.
This need was further confirmed during focus group sessions held in
Strathmore, Lacombe, Vegreville and Grande Prairie in 2011.
To read more about this and other Western Canadian forage news, check
out the SFC's December 22, 2015 edition of the Forage and Livestock
Posted January 2, 2016
FORAGE MARKET PRICE DISCOVERY IN SASKATCHEWAN
Saskatchewan Forage Council
The September 2015 Saskatchewan Forage Market Price Discovery Report is a
compilation of data and information collected from a diverse group of
forage industry stakeholders in Saskatchewan as well as neighbouring
provinces and states during August and September of 2015. This report
presents a general overview of growing conditions for forage crops
across Saskatchewan in 2015, as well as prices for different forage
types and market trends as of this fall.
To view a synopsis of the report (pdf format), click here
Posted Nov 15, 2015
MANITOBA'S CLIMATE PLAN PROMOTES FORAGES
Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association, Press Release on July 30, 2015
A loud and clear carbon-storage nod at forages within the
recently-released Manitoba Climate Change and Green Economy Action Plan
has reconfirmed what Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association
producers have been saying for years. Grass and forages are good for
business and good for the environment.
"We congratulate the Manitoba government and leaders of the Manitoba
Agriculture Food and Rural Development department for including forages
and grasslands as part of the carbon solution," says Henry Nelson, MFGA
vice-chair and Co-Chair, Environment Committee, Canadian Forage and
Grasslands Association. "There's a need for a better and clearer
understanding of perennial forages and pastures role in sequestering
carbon, and also the relationship of forages and grasslands to the other
major greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide. We see the
inclusion in the province's climate plan as a valuable boost to this
needed research and attention."
The Manitoba plan stated: Promoting Perennial Crops - Manitoba
will promote perennial grains and forages to conserve soil and store
carbon through research partnerships, including with the University of
Manitoba and the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association. The timing, says Nelson, is perfect.
"With the Paris conference on climate change and the actions of various
jurisdictions such as Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and California planning
to adopt Cap-and-Trade systems that harmonize how they track and measure
greenhouse gas emissions and collaborate on climate adaptation efforts,
the timing is perfect to learn more about and promote our forages and
grasslands," says Nelson. "At the same time, we know these grasses are
in peril. This directive will help spur investigation of the potential
for delivering carbon offsets from Manitoba farms and that is especially
encouraging for Manitoba farmers because our current market doesn't
acknowledge the public good from these grass systems. This may be a very
welcome paradigm shift on that front." Nelson says MFGA has been very
active on numerous fronts extolling the benefits of forages and
grasslands on economic and environmental platforms.
For more information contact:
Duncan Morrison, MFGA Executive Director
To view the full media release, click here.
Posted December 10, 2015
FORAGE INSURANCE DOES HELP DURING DRY YEARS
2015 was a challenging year for many producers who rely on forage for seed, sale or feed. Dry conditions are an insurable cause of loss when it comes to the Forage Insurance Program offered through the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program. There are a number of crops insurable under this program including tame hay, dehydrated alfalfa, sweetclover and greenfeed. Additional choices such as Establishment Benefit and Forage Diversification options are also made available under this program.
In 2015, SCIC extended the seeding deadline for greenfeed from June 30 to July 15 to give producers another option for accessing additional feed supplies. Producers that chose to reseed a greenfeed crop paid a premium on the additional acres seeded and received full greenfeed yield-loss coverage. This was insurable under the multi-peril insurance program.
SCIC recognizes forage provides coverage choices to help build custom-fit insurance for any farm. Producers can customize their forage insurance to their operation by selecting low, base, variable or in-season price options. The variable and in-season price options can help producers manage price fluctuations that occur throughout and after the growing season, which was the case in 2015 when the hay shortage caused prices to spike. Producers can choose from a wide range of coverage level options available. These options include 50, 60, 70 and 80 per cent.
Regardless of your operation, SCIC has several options that meet your forage insurance needs. Alfalfa seed may be insured under a specific yield-loss option available through SCIC’s Multi-Peril Program. Red Clover, rye grass, millet and other forage seed crops are eligible for coverage through the Diversification Option.
The Forage Insurance Program is an extremely affordable way to manage the significant risks associated with forage production primarily because governments pay 60 per cent of the premium cost. Since 2000, the Forage Insurance Program has paid $2.32 for every dollar of customer premium collected. The program is designed to provide disaster relief when producers need it most. In 2015, forage claims are still being finalized but the average claim paid to date has been approximately $40 per acre with many customers receiving up to $100 per acre. The average premium paid by these customers is less than $3 per acre.
The Forage Establishment Benefit Option is available to protect newly seeded forage acres intended for hay, grazing or seed production against the risk of an establishment failure. This stand-alone option is not linked to any yield-loss insurance. This option can also be selected for forage acres seeded between October 15 and June 20, however acres grazed in the year of seeding are not eligible for coverage. The Forage Diversification Option is available for any forage feed crops that are not insurable under the basic forage insurance program. This is an area yield program. Your coverage and any claim calculations are based on insured barley acres in your risk zone.
Finally, the Forage Rainfall Insurance Program (FRIP) offers insurance on native and tame grazing acres. This program protects pastureland in the event that seasonal precipitation is below the long term average. This program is based on historical weather data pulled from 131 weather stations located across the province. Producers do not have to register a claim. Claims are triggered when the April to July seasonal precipitation falls below the long term normal for the selected station based on monthly weightings selected by the producer. Indemnities worth $5.4 million were paid to 94 per cent of customers who participated in FRIP in 2015 due to the extremely dry conditions throughout April and May.
Saskatchewan Crop Insurance continues to work with producer groups such as the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association and the Saskatchewan Forage Council to further improve programming so it remains on target with producer needs. If you would like more information about forage insurance, visit a Saskatchewan Crop Insurance office or saskcropinsurance.com.
Posted November 7, 2015
SASKATCHEWAN PASTURE TOUR RESOURCES
Presentations and resources from this year's Saskatchewan Pasture Tour are now available! Whether you attended and want to review the materials or you missed the tour and want to check out the excellent presentations and reference materials, you'll find what you're looking for posted below. Click the links to open the documents or to navigate to pages with further information.
Pasture rejuvenation presentation (Nadia Mori, Saskatchewan Agriculture Forage Specialist)
Pasture rejuvenation handout
Pasture Tour producer presentations:
Terry and Loretta Young of Earl Grey, SK
Heath and Maryse Tallentire of Earl Grey, SK
Grazing Management Principles (Dustin Ostrander, AAFC-STB Range Management Specialist)
Range Health Assessment
Reference materials can be found at: www.pcap-sk.org/resources-literature and look for: Saskatchewan Rangeland Ecosystems: Ecosite guide for your soil type, Native Grassland Worksheet (veg status), Native Grassland worksheet (hydrolgic function)
Presentation by Rachel Turnquist, Saskatchewan Agriculture
The Saskatchewan Hay Harvest Challenge
The Forage Crop and Nutrient Calculator
Corn Grazing Handout (Greg Penner, Animal and Poultry Science, U of S)
Presentation links for Colleen Fennig's presentation (Wascana-Upper Qu'Appelle AEGP)
Environmental Farm Plan
After completing the Environmental Farm Plan, producers can apply for funding through the Farm Stewardship Program
Farm Stewardship Program
Farm Stewardship BMP's and funding available
Additional presentations will be posted when available.
Posted September 19, 2015
2015 SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE INDUSTRY INNOVATION AWARD
The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) is pleased to announce
presentation of the 2015 Forage Industry Innovation Award to Janice
Bruynooghe at the Council’s Annual Meeting held June 23, 2015 near
Lanigan, SK. This award recognizes exemplary innovation, leadership,
service and stewardship in Saskatchewan’s forage industry.
With 20 years experience in the forage and livestock industry, Janice
has focused on creating working relationships and a partnership approach
for all forage sector stakeholders. Her efforts with the Saskatchewan
Forage Council have led to an average 15:1 return on investment for
industry levy dollars which has resulted in numerous research and
industry advancement projects.
The Saskatchewan Forage Council extends their sincere congratulations to
Janice Bruynooghe on receiving the 2015 Forage Industry Innovation
Award. In honour of Janice, the SFC will make a contribution in her name
to the Alicia Hargrave Memorial Bursary, College of Agriculture and
Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan.
Posted August 4, 2015
CleanFARMS SASKATCHEWAN OBSOLETE COLLECTION
Farmers can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and equine/livestock medications from October 5 – 9, 2015 at designated collection sites in northern Saskatchewan (north of Davidson).
What Products will be accepted?
Obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label)
Equine/livestock medications that are used by primary producers in the rearing of animals in an agricultural context (identified with a DIN number, Ser. number or Pest Control Product number on the label)
If you are unsure whether your product fits the scope of this collection, please call us at 1-877-622-4460 ext. 2223
To see the collection dates and locations or to view the poster, click here.
Posted September 7, 2015
GOVERNMENTS, UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN AND INDUSTRY INVEST IN LIVESTOCK AND FORAGE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Released on July 30, 2015
Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan
Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart committed $10 million in funding under
Growing Forward 2 for a new Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence
at the University of Saskatchewan.
The University of Saskatchewan has committed an additional $7 million
for construction costs in addition to providing land. The Saskatchewan
Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) is also contributing $1 million to the
The new centre will serve as a unique research, teaching, outreach and
industry training hub that unites agriculture and veterinary
researchers, producers, industry, governments and academia.
To view the full article, click here.
Posted August 4, 2015
DROUGHT AFFECTED RANCHERS WOULD BENEFIT FROM TAX DEFERRAL
Saskatchewan Stockgrowers Association, June 21, 2015
Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) President, Doug Gillespie, today asked the federal government to take the steps required to allow drought stricken ranchers to defer taxes on livestock they have been forced to sell due to dry conditions.
In announcing the request Gillespie said, “Livestock producers in several areas across Saskatchewan are reporting hay yields that are from 50%-70% below normal as well as poor growth on pastures. As a result, many producers could be forced to sell portions of their breeding herds.”
Gillespie added, “While recent rains will improve pasture conditions in some areas, it is too late for many hay crops as well as any producers forced to sell due to poor pasture growth earlier in the season.”
“We have had reports from producers indicating that hay is in short supply across the province with prices running at record high levels,” said Gillespie, “We expect many producers will find it difficult to find the feed required to carry their cowherds through the winter, depending on whether some drought damaged grain crops can be salvaged for forage to be used in cattle feed.”
The SSGA’s tax deferral request is aimed at a federal policy provision whereby the Ministers of Agriculture and Finance can designate certain areas as significantly impacted by drought. This in turn allows producers in these areas to defer a portion of the tax due on breeding animals sold due to drought until the following year. This provision helps producers retain some of the cash required to rebuild their herds when drought conditions abate.
To view the full article, click here.
Posted July 27, 2015
FLEXIBILITY AND OPTIONS FOR PRODUCERS DEALING WITH DRY CONDITIONS
Government of Saskatchewan, Released on July 2, 2015
Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced additional measures and adjustments to programming to help address the dry conditions across the province.
“The hallmark of our government is delivering programming that is flexible and able to meet the needs of producers,” Ritz said. “This extension gives producers an additional tool to make the decisions that best suit their individual operations."
"The lack of moisture through the spring and so far this growing season has severely reduced the hay and forage crops in many parts of the province,” Stewart said. “By being flexible with existing programs, we are hoping to help producers source the feed they need for their livestock.”
Through the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program, the deadline for seeding crops for greenfeed has been extended from June 30 to July 15. Producers who have Crop Insurance will now be able to seed and insure any cereal greenfeed crop.
If a Crop Insurance customer wants to use their annual crop acres for livestock grazing or for feed they can contact their local Crop Insurance office.
Crop Insurance customers also have coverage should their annual crops suffer from the dry conditions. The producer can register a pre-harvest claim if they do not want to carry the crop through to harvest. If the producer takes their crop to harvest, but it has a reduced yield, they can file a post-harvest claim. Producers concerned about the dry conditions should contact their local Crop Insurance office to review the options available for claims, compensation and the requirements for the options they choose.
The AgriStability Program also provides an option for producers looking to access a portion of their benefit early. Through the interim benefit, producers enrolled in AgriStability can get 50 per cent of their estimated final benefit.
The Ministry of Agriculture continues to examine options for producers dealing with the dry conditions. While the Saskatchewan Pastures Program is at capacity, the Ministry has requested that other organizations consider opening any conservation lands for grazing or salvaging of forage. In addition, the Ministry will now allow sub-leasing of Crown lease land. Crown land lessees with excess grazing or hay resources may now receive permission by contacting their local Agriculture Regional Office.
Producers are also encouraged to access the feed grain and forage listing service as a way to connect buyers and sellers of feed grains, forages and other agricultural-related services through a free listing service.
For more information, contact:
Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Posted July 12, 2015
SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE COUNCIL WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Leanna Rousell as their new Executive Director.
Leanna Rousell comes to the SFC having experience working with producer associations tied to the livestock industry including the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency and the WHLZ project as well as administrative experience at Saskatoon Livestock Sales. Leanna is looking forward to taking over this role following the resignation of former Executive Director, Leanne Thompson.
Rousell is excited about this new position and remarks “As a forage and livestock producer myself, I appreciate the work done by this organization in the past on extension and communication of forage related issues and hope to carry on this tradition as I take over the Executive Director role.”
Saskatchewan Forage Council President, Kelly Williamson says, “The Board looks forward to working with Leanna. She has a keen interest in the forage industry and we look forward to her new perspective on projects and direction for the organization. At this time we would also like to thank Leanne Thompson for her work with the SFC. Many of our successes and advancements in the industry are in large part due to her efforts.”
Leanna will be operating the Saskatchewan Forage Council from her home office located near Asquith, SK. Please note that contact information for the Saskatchewan Forage Council including mailing address, phone and fax numbers are changed effective immediately.
For more information, please contact:
Leanna Rousell, Executive Director
Saskatchewan Forage Council
Kelly Williamson, President
Saskatchewan Forage Council
Posted May 1, 2015
SELECTING FORAGE INSURANCE WITH SASKATCHEWAN CROP INSURANCE CORPORATION
The Forage Insurance Program offered through Saskatchewan
Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) is for producers who rely on forage for seed,
sale or feed. There are a number of crops insurable under this program
including tame hay, dehydrated alfalfa, sweetclover and greenfeed. Additional
choices such as Establishment Benefit, Forage Diversification and a Timothy Hay
option are also made available under this program.
SCIC provides coverage choices to help build custom-fit
insurance for any farm. Producers can customize their forage insurance to their
operation by selecting low, base, variable or in-season price options. The
variable and in-season price options can help producers manage price
fluctuations that occur throughout and after the growing season. Producers can choose from a wide range of
coverage level options available. These options include 50, 60, 70 and 80 per
Regardless of your operation, SCIC has several options that
meet your forage insurance needs.
Alfalfa seed may be insured under a specific yield-loss option available
through SCIC’s Multi-Peril Program. Red Clover, rye grass, millet and other
forage seed crops are eligible for coverage through the Diversification Option.
If you would like more information about forage insurance,
visit a Saskatchewan Crop Insurance office or saskcropinsurance.com. The
deadline to sign up, renew or cancel forage insurance is March 31, 2015.
To view the full article, including 2015 insured prices and forage insurance program option, click here.
Posted March 17, 2015
INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH TO STRENGTHEN THE FORAGE SEED INDUSTRY
January 22, 2014 – Beaverlodge, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Parliamentary Secretary
Pierre Lemieux and MP Chris Warkentin (Peace River) today announced an
investment of over $923,000 to the Peace Region Forage Seed Association
(PRFSA) which will improve seed production and quality, as well as the
economic and environmental sustainability of crops within Canada. These
improvements will deliver more value to producers and help meet the
growing demand for forage seed both domestically and internationally.
Under this project, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers will
collaborate with industry on a number of activities to help the sector.
Research will be done on how incorporating forage seed production
within annual crop rotations can increase value for producers;
evaluating the seed yield potential of forage and turf grass varieties
in western Canada, and examining ways to increase the quality of grass
and legume seed crops in Canada.
Today’s investment is made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s
AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698-million initiative under
Growing Forward 2. The Program’s industry-led research and
development stream supports pre-commercialization research, development
and knowledge transfer leading to innovative agriculture, agri-food, and
agri-based practices, processes, and products.
To read the complete Government of Canada News Release, click here .
February 4, 2015
GOVERNEMENTS ANNOUNCE $3.8 MILLION FOR LIVESTOCK AND FORAGE RESEARCH
January 21, 2015 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Today Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan
Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly $3.8 million in
funding for 30 livestock and forage research projects. Funding is
provided through the province's Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).
Some of the projects to receiving funding include research to improve
cow and calf performance through diet, develop new forage lines to
extend the spring grazing season and investigate options for recycling
baler twine and net wrap. Three projects will look at controlling
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED), a virus that does not pose a risk to
human health or food safety but can cause significant death in pig
Third party support contributes additional funds to many of these ADF
projects, with several industry partner organizations committing an
amount totalling nearly $1.2 million. Co-funding groups include Western
Grains Research Foundation, SaskMilk and Sask Pork, among others.
To read the complete Government of Canada News Release, click here .
February 4, 2015
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.
2013 SFC AGM & TourThe 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
PROPOSED UPDATE OF THE PROVINCIAL LANDS ACT
Government of Saskatchewan is seeking input from people across the
province to improve and modernize The Provincial Lands Act.
The Act provides the authority to the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment to administer provincial Crown lands.
Ministries of Agriculture and Environment will be holding consultation
meetings throughout the province. Consultations will help inform
changes to the Act. Crown land clients will receive notification
letters of these meetings.
Consultations will address issues
such as: improving client service; clarifying language and
administration; identifying solutions for land-use conflicts; developing
enforcement mechanisms; and strengthening regulatory frameworks.
To read the complete SK Ministry of Agriculture News Release, click here.
June 12, 2013
THE ROUNDUP READY® ALFALFA ASSESSMENT
Canada Inc. and Forage Genetics International LLC have jointly developed
Roundup Ready® alfalfa for use in the commercial production of forage
for livestock feed. This product has the capacity to withstand the
application of Roundup® herbicide, which would enable alfalfa producers
to suppress or control weeds.
In 2005, Roundup Ready® alfalfa
underwent livestock feed, environmental safety and food assessments
conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and HC.
part of this process, Monsanto Canada Inc. and Forage Genetics
International LLC provided extensive data and related scientific
literature for review by scientists at the CFIA and HC. The submitted
data included a detailed description of how Roundup Ready® alfalfa was
developed and how the tolerance to Roundup® occurred in the plant.
Roundup Ready® alfalfa was field tested in Canada under strictly
controlled conditions in Manitoba and Ontario. These field trials
provided essential data required for the safety assessments. Field
trial data confirmed that Roundup Ready® alfalfa behaved no differently
than conventional alfalfa.
The CFIA’s environmental safety
assessment concluded that Roundup Ready® alfalfa does not pose any
safety risks to the environment. The assessment also concluded that
Roundup Ready® alfalfa has no detrimental effect on bees, other insects
or other plants. The livestock feed safety assessment determined that
Roundup Ready® alfalfa is nutritionally equivalent to conventional
alfalfa and similar to commercial varieties grown in North America.
Further, the analysis showed that no new toxins or allergens were
present. HC conducted a similar analysis and determined that food from
Roundup Ready® alfalfa poses no risk to human health.
2013, Gold Medal Seeds Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Forage
Genetics International LLC, submitted an application for variety
registration to the CFIA. The application was assessed and the variety
was registered on April 26, 2013. Variety registration enables Roundup
Ready® alfalfa seed to be commercially sold in Canada.
To read the complete CFIA News Release, click here.
June 10, 2013
GOVERNMENTS ANNOUNCE NEW RESEARCH CHAIR TO FOCUS ON FORAGE
federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture
Minister Lyle Stewart announced funding of $1.25 million over five years
for the creation of a forage research chair at the University of
The forage research chair will focus on forage
breeding with an emphasis on developing new forage varieties with
improved yields. A dedicated forage research chair will result in new
options for Saskatchewan producers to help improve profitability,
competitiveness and sustainability in the long-term.
creation of the forage chair is a direct response to industry needs,”
said Ritz. “Strengthening forage research capacity in Saskatchewan
supports innovation for long-term profitability and sustainability for
“We have heard from industry that better forage
varieties are needed to assist with the long-term growth of the
livestock industry in Saskatchewan,” Stewart said. “The new forage
research chair announced today is a good first step toward the expansion
of Saskatchewan’s livestock and forage industries.”
creation of a forage research chair addresses a recommendation from the
Beef, Feed and Forage Review conducted in 2012. In addition, feedback
from industry groups during the Growing Forward 2 consultations,
including the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, Saskatchewan
Forage Council and Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, highlighted the
need for increased investment in forage research.
To read the complete SK Ministry of Agriculture News Release, click here.
June 10, 2013
HARPER GOVERNMENT UNVEILS DETAILS OF FEDERAL GROWING FORWARD 2 PROGRAMS
Edmonton, Alberta, January 31, 2013 - Agriculture Minister
Gerry Ritz announced today the details of the AgriMarketing and
AgriCompetitiveness Programs under Canada's new agricultural policy
framework Growing Forward 2. These programs complement the
AgriInnovation Program which was unveiled in December, 2012.
The AgriMarketing Program, which comes into effect on April 1,
2013, is now accepting applications. The new program – a five-year,
$341-million initiative -- is designed to help industry improve its
capacity to adopt assurance systems, such as food safety and
traceability, to meet consumer and market demands. It will also support
industry in maintaining and seizing new markets for their products
through branding and promotional activities.
“Our Government knows the importance of innovation and trade to
the agriculture industry which is why, we made market development a
cornerstone of Growing Forward 2,” said Minister Ritz. “By focusing on
proactive and cost-effective investments, Growing Forward 2 will give
producers the tools they need to compete in markets in Canada and around
The new $115-million AgriCompetitiveness Program will make
targeted investments to help the sector adapt to rapidly changing and
emerging global and domestic opportunities and issues, respond to market
trends and enhance business and entrepreneurial capacity. The
AgriMarketing and AgriCompetitiveness Programs are in addition to the
$698-million AgriInnovation Program which will focus on investments to
expand the sector’s capacity to develop and commercialize new products
and technologies. The AgriInnovation Program began accepting
applications in December, 2012. All three programs come into effect on
April 1, 2013.
To read the complete AAFC News Release, click here.
January 31, 2013
GROWING FORWARD 2 (GF2) - CONSULTATIONS
In September 2012, the federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of
Agriculture met in Whitehorse, Yukon and set in place a new five-year
agricultural policy framework - Growing Forward 2 (GF2).
GF2 will come into effect on April 1, 2013. Currently the
Bilateral Agreement between Saskatchewan and the federal government for
GF2 programming is being negotiated.
To date, we have received valuable input from producers and
industry organizations, which has shaped our initial approach to GF2
programming. Over the past three years, through a series of both formal
and informal consultation sessions, we have gathered a significant
amount of feedback about what has worked in the original Growing Forward
framework, and what areas could be improved to better serve
This feedback has helped us structure new program areas and
initiatives in our negotiations with the federal government, while at
the same time, balancing sector needs with the funding available and
parameters set for the agreement nationally.
As Saskatchewan enters the final stage of bilateral negotiations
with the federal government regarding programming and funding, the
Ministry would like to invite stakeholders to submit written comments
regarding priorities, initiatives and observations concerning GF2.
Currently, Saskatchewan is considering a range of strategic initiatives organized across eight program areas, which include:
* Agriculture Research & Innovation
* Value-Added Business Development
* Farm Business Management
* Trade and Market Development
* Rural Water Infrastructure
* Food Safety, Plant & Animal Health
* Agriculture Awareness
To read the complete SK Ministry of Ag Programs and Services Update, click here.
January 30, 2013
GOVERNMENTS INVEST $3.4 MILLION INTO LIVESTOCK RESEARCH
Research Funding to Help Grow the Industry and Benefit Livestock and Forage Producers
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture
Minister Lyle Stewart announced $3.4 million in funding for 23 livestock
and forage research projects. Funding for these projects is provided
through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).
is a world leader in agricultural research," said Ritz. "The
Agriculture Development Fund and work done in the province's research
institutions help producers innovate to strengthen our economy here in
Saskatchewan and across Canada."
"Research is vital to the future
of our industry and ranchers across Saskatchewan will benefit from these
projects," Stewart said. "Our government's continued commitment to
innovation will help our producers remain competitive and will continue
to ensure Saskatchewan produces safe, reliable agriculture products."
Livestock and forage projects receiving funding in 2013 include:
* New forage barley for beef and dairy producers;
* Development of oral and needle-free vaccines for calves;
* Analysis of sheep health in the province;
* New nutritional feeds for piglets;
* Improving the energy value in high-protein feed;
* DNA testing technologies for cattle;
* Improved production management tools for cow-calf operations;
* Development of new vaccines for poultry; and
* Field-testing a vaccine against chronic wasting disease.
To read the complete SK Ministry of Ag News Release, click here.
January 23, 2013
HARPER GOVERNMENT HELPS FORM THE SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE NETWORK
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, January 22, 2013 - With
the support of the Harper Government, Saskatchewan forage industry
members will work together to develop and implement a strategy to
improve the sector's competitiveness and to ensure its long-term
prosperity. Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz today announced an
investment that will help the Saskatchewan Forage Council (SFC) build
partnerships and promote industry-wide dialogue through the formation of
the Saskatchewan Forage Network.
"Forages are a core driver of the Saskatchewan economy, and we
are pleased to support the sector in developing an efficient and
coordinated approach," said Minister Ritz. "The formation of the Network
will enable the sector to achieve tangible and practical results
through calculated investments in key areas."
The $148,000 investment will allow the SFC to secure a
coordinator for the newly formed Saskatchewan Forage Network, and to
carry out activities and deliver on the Network's objectives. These
objectives include developing a strategy to build forage research
capacity, facilitating access to project funds, and achieving
coordinated technology transfer and extension activities across the
An industry-led steering committee, which includes members from
the SFC, the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association, SaskMilk, the Sask
Leafcutters Association, the Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development
Commission, and the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, will identify
new priorities, needs, and gaps as the Network model is developed and
"This project is coming at a key time for the forage industry, as
we are currently facing a serious lack of investment in forage research
and program funding, both in Saskatchewan and across Canada. Funding
for this project will be used to consult with and bring together
stakeholders in a coordinated effort on forage-related issues facing the
industry," said Aaron Ivey, President of the SFC and Chair of the
Forage Network Steering Committee. "I am happy to report that this
network has already seen positive progress."
To read the complete AAFC News Release, click here.
January 22, 2013
FUNDING TO HELP PATRONS ASSUME PASTURE OPERATIONS
Funding to Help Patrons Develop Business Plans and Establish Legal Entities
Today, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan
Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced funding to help pasture
patron groups prepare to assume operation of federal community pastures.
"Returning these lands back to their provincial owners is a great
opportunity for those, with a more direct stake in the use of the land,
to take over the pasture management," said Ritz. "Our government is
pleased to work with the Province of Saskatchewan and use the
flexibility of Growing Forward programming to support this transfer."
"Pasture patrons have been the priority for our government
throughout this transition," Stewart said. "This funding will help
patron groups with the business costs associated with assuming operation
of these pastures and we will continue working hand-in-hand with them
throughout this process."
Funding will be available to patron groups for up to 75 per cent
of the costs associated with establishing legal entities and the
development of business plans, up to a maximum of $80,000. In addition,
funding will be available for up to 75 per cent of the costs for patrons
to improve their business management skills, up to a maximum of
Pasture patron groups are eligible for a maximum benefit of up to
$120,000 per group. Funding will be provided under the Saskatchewan
Farm Business Development Initiative.
To read the complete SK Ministry of Ag News Release, click here.
November 15, 2012
PROVINCE WORKING WITH PATRONS TO TRANSITION FIRST 10 FEDERAL COMMUNITY PASTURES
Today, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the first 10
federal community pastures to be transferred to the province and to
patron-controlled operation for the 2014 grazing season. Patrons will
have the opportunity to own or lease these pastures.
"Patrons have had cattle grazing these pastures for years; they know
this land better than anyone else; they are our best environmental
stewards; and they will continue to have access to these lands which are
important to their businesses," Stewart said. "We will continue to work
closely with patrons to ensure a smooth transition as they take the
steps necessary to operate these pastures."
The following federal community pastures will transfer to patron operation for the 2014 grazing season:
* Ituna-Bon Accord
* Lone Tree;
* Park; and
"For many producers in this area, pastures are important to their
operations," Chair of the patron advisory committee for the Ituna-Bon
Accord Community Pasture Aaron Ivey said. "I believe producers will
welcome the opportunity to take more control of their pastures at a
local level. This transition can ensure they have access to the grazing
into the future."
In May, an industry advisory committee was formed to provide advice and
recommendations on this transition. The following recommended principles
will guide the transition of these pastures to patron groups:
* Pasture patron groups will have the opportunity to own/lease each pasture;
* Each pasture will be maintained as a complete block;
* Any sales will be based on market value; and
* Any sale of native prairie land will be subject to no-break and no-drain conservation easements.
To read the complete SK Ministry of Ag News Release, click here.
October 19, 2012
REPORT ASSESSES THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF ROUNDUP READY® ALFALFA ON CANADA'S FORAGE INDUSTRY
The Canadian Forage & Grassland Association (CFGA), through a
project partnership with the Saskatchewan Forage Council, is pleased to
announce the release of a national, industry-wide market impact study
providing an unbiased, fact-based assessment of the potential
impact of Roundup Ready® alfalfa (RRA) on Canada’s forage industry. This
collaborative project, with input and direction from stakeholders
across the industry, will assist the forage industry nation-wide in its
efforts to respond to the new and emerging issue of genetically modified
The report provides an overview of Canada’s forage industry, including
export statistics, and a synopsis of the technology and current
regulatory status of RRA in Canada. The analysis of the topic is
far-reaching as it includes a discussion of the basics of alfalfa
reproduction and potential for gene flow and seed cross contamination,
an overview of strategies implemented by other commodity groups in their
efforts to adapt to the introduction of GE technology, and the current
status of RRA in the United States. Key to this study was widespread
input from stakeholders across Canada’s forage industry, from those
concerned about potential impacts on export markets to producers
anticipating a new and effective weed control system. Potential economic
impacts are quantified.
To read the complete News Release, click here.
June 13, 2012
SASKATCHEWAN FORAGE COUNCIL AGM AND FIELD DAY A SUCCESS!
This year's AGM and tour was held on June 23 near Lanigan, SK
in conjunction with the Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC) field
day. Keynote speaker was Jim Gerrish and the day featured a number of
speakers and an afternoon bus tour.
If you missed this event, audio-synched versions of Jim Gerrish's
presentations and Kathy Larson's
presentation are now posted on YouTube on the Western Beef Development
Centre YouTube channel. Click on the links below to view materials or
2015 Summer Field Day Handbook (pdf)
AM Presentation-Jim Gerrish-What Really Matters in Grazing Management
AM Presentation-Kathy Larson-Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey Results
PM Presentation-Jim Gerrish-Pasture Improvements-How do you know that it will pay?
Gerrish-Cost-Benefit Calculator for Pasture Improvements (excel)
Posted July 18, 2015
GRAZING RESPONSE INDEX (GRI) FACTSHEET
The Saskatchewan Forage Council in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, the
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada are currently undertaking an ADOPT (Agriculture Demonstration of
Practices and Technologies), which will demonstrate the use of the
grazing response index on Saskatchewan pastures.
The Grazing Response Index (GRI) is a relatively new,
easy-to-use pasture monitoring tool designed to assist pasture managers to
understand how plants and their native rangelands respond to grazing.
AAFC’s 4-page factsheet discusses the strengths of GRI and explains in
detail how to use the tool and interpret the results for optimized grazing
management. An additional 2-page insert walks the reader through a GRI
assessment and includes a blank GRI assessment worksheet.
The ADOPT project demonstration site is located at the Ducks Unlimited
Torchwood Hills Conservation Ranch near Lestock,SK. More information
resulting from this demonstration will be available at field days at the
Ranch, posted on the SFC website and in the final report.
Posted December 17, 2014
SASKATCHEWAN PASTURE TOUR RESOURCES
Listed below are links to useful resources related to the topics being
covered on the Saskatchewan Pasture Tour on August 7, 2014. Click the
links to navigate to the page you are interested in viewing.
TRACE MINERALS IN SASKATCHEWAN PASTURES
The Saskatchewan Forage Council and partners have completed
a project funded by the ADF (Agriculture Development Fund) which sampled tame
and native forage species in Saskatchewan pastures for trace mineral content. Forages were sampled and forage
quality was analyzed in both the spring and fall of 2012 and 2013 from four
soil zones within the province.
only required in less than 100 parts per million (ppm), when deficient, these
minerals can have severe impacts on animal health which can have a significant
economic impact for livestock producers.
have been developed as a resource to share the results of this project and are available by soil zone. To view:
Soil Zone Factsheet click here.
Minerals Gray Soil
Zone Factsheet click here .
Brown Soil Zone Factsheet click here.
Soil Zone Factsheet click here.
Print copies of all Trace Minerals Factsheets are available by contacting the SFC at 306.969.2666 or e-mail
To view the Final Report for this project, click here.
Funding for this project was provided by the
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing
Forward bi-lateral agreement.
Project Partners: Western Beef Development Centre,
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Posted July 23, 2014
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
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.
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
Saskatchewan Beef Industry Development Fund:
FORAGE RESEARCH IN CANADA
After 10 years of extremely narrow or negative margins, the
outlook for Canada’s cow-calf sector has become brighter. Growing market
access to an increasing global demand for beef means that feeders and
packers are competing aggressively for the calves and fat cattle
produced from Canada’s smaller cow herd. Grain prices are also high, so
grazers are competing with the grain sector for land. High feed grain
prices encourage longer backgrounding and grazing periods prior to
feedlot finishing. All of these factors point to the need for
scientifically validated tools to increase forage productivity per acre.
At one time, Canada’s forage research was almost solely funded by
government. The beef industry focused on animal health, productivity,
beef quality and food safety research, and didn’t notice that retiring
government forage researchers were not being replaced. This led to a
drastic loss in Canada’s forage production and breeding research
expertise. Provincial forage councils recognized this problem, but had
no check-off system to raise forage research funds.
Canada’s beef industry eventually realized that more productive
forages would require a greater check-off investment in forage research.
Between 2001 and 2008, the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC)
allocated 10 per cent of its research budget towards forage and
grasslands research. Since 2009, this allocation has doubled to 20 per
To read the complete BCRC article, click here.
May 29, 2012