Peace River Forage Association
Research and Development Projects

Healthy & Vigorous Forage Stands Project

Project Objectives:

  1. Identify more effective and economic ways to maintain or improve pasture and hayfield health.
  2. Demonstrate economic and effective methods of rejuvenating pasture and hayfields that are infiltrated with undesirable species such as invaisive plants, willow and aspen.
  3. Share information about new chemicals, appropriate species selection, value of approprite clean seed, and other new and/or innovative rejuvenation methods.

Project Progress:

  • Project timeline: April 2013 - March 2016
  • Sites throughout the South & North Peace focussing on & demonstrating weed control, fertility, species selection and grazing management.
  • Development of the Peace Forage Seeding Tool to enable farmers/ranchers, agricultural professionals, reclamation/environmental consultants, foresters and range agrologists to select forage species for their specific situations an management needs. Tool launched May 2014 and Seed Supplier Add-on launched February 2015.
  • Showcased at Society of Range Management & PRFA of BC Annual Summer Tour (June 2013).
  • Presentation at PRRD Invaisive Plant Council Meeting (November 2013).
  • Dog Handler’s Clinic, Pouce Coupe, BC (May 2-4, 2014).
  • Cowbytes Cattle Nutrition Sessions – North & South Peace (Fall 2013, 2014 & 2015).
  • Project showcased at PRFA AGMs (2013, 2014 & 2015).
  • Numerous articles in the Forage First newsletter.

Funding & Industry Partners:
  • Peace River Agriculture Development Fund (PRAD)
  • Murphy Oil Corporation
  • Peace River Regional District
  • Peace Region Forage Seed Association
  • Growing Forward 2
  • Enerplus
  • Ducks Unlimited