Peace River Forage Association
Research and Development Projects

Forage Starting Over Do's & Dont's

Year: 3 of 3; completed
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:

2017 Season:

  • Completed reclamation evaluations on over 10 sites for longer term effectiveness evaluation.
  • Compiled biomass clippings on selected sites to compare production rates from seedings.
  • Observed in spring 2017: some species are less competitive & allow natural reclamation to slowly take place over time, while bromegrasses & alfalfa prevent weed encroachment.
  • Established winter seeding site in cooperation with Progress Energy, north of Hudson Hope.
  • Established species plots in cooperation with Fred & Liz Schneider near Pouce Coupe.

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.

2019 Season: final report in progress. See summary links to right.

Funding & Industry Partners:

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