Peace River Forage Association
Research and Development Projects

Forage Nutrient Management for Longevity

Project Objectives:

  1. To assess /survey areas of winter kill, document climate, snow cover factors, soil nutrient status & management factors
  2. To identify nutrients importnat for winter hardiness & longevity
  3. To evaluate nutrient amendments to forage fields at 3-4 locations per year
  4. To evaluate economic returns of applying nutrients

Project Progress:

  • Project timeline: 2001 - 2004
  • Nutrients applied to 3 sites in 2001 & one more site in 2002, two more sites in 2003 & 2 more sites in 2004
  • Soil, tissue, yield & feed info collected
  • surveyed 20 - 30 fields each spring for alfalfa winterkill in 2001 & 2002
  • organized 3 short courses in 2003 on Feeding Strategies for Your Herd
  • Sampled numerous fields & feeds
  • Compiled 4 season of data into 12 Forage Facts (listed below)

Funding & Industry Partners:
  • Norwest Labs (2001 - 2004)
  • Soil Conservation Council of Canada GHGMP (2003-04)
  • Beef Cattle Industry Development (2001-03)
  • Sulfer Works (2001)
  • Agricore United, Fort St. John (2001)
  • Agro Source, Dawson Creek (2001)
  • PRAD (2001-02)