Peace River Forage Association
Research and Development Projects

Forage Starting Over Do's & Dont's

Year: 2 of 3;
Project timeline: 2017 - 2020

Project Objectives & Components:

  1. Evaluate cover crops (the benefits and the risks).
  2. Evaluate the timing of seeding (including frost seeding).
  3. Explore the use of soil ammendments (including manure, compost, pulp slurry).
  4. Explore the use of innovative forage mixtures.
  5. Demonstrate new legume based mixtures.

Project Progress:

2018 Season:

  • Established forage mix/ % legume plots with Greg Hanson (Peace River Ranch) & Kendrews.
  • Established 2 sets of cover crop demonstrations & research plots with Kendrews and Schneiders.
  • Compared native grass to agronomic mixes with regards to establishment & production.
  • Established demonstrations of fall and winter seeding.
  • Worked with Shell Canada & community pasture producers to manage weed issues beyond the regulatory requirements including foxtail barley. This included interseeding as well as herbicide treatments.
  • Worked with South Peace Grain to demonstrate eco-tea applications at multiple rates with Ed McCullough, Rod Strasky and Jodi Kendrew.

Funding & Industry Partners:

  • Shell
  • Progress Energy
  • Encana
  • Trevor O'Dwyer, Agroworks
  • Peace Region Forage Seed Association
  • South Peace Grain
  • Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC