Bale Grazing vs. No Bale Grazing – Yield clippings and soil samples from bale grazed areas of a pasture and non bale grazed areas of the same pasture were analyzed and compared to determine which areas had better forage yields, higher forage quality and more soil nutrients.
Perennial Grasses for Grazing – Various grasses were planted to demonstrate their suitability to growing conditions.
Frost Seeded Forages – The success of frost seeding, a method of establishing a new forage species into an existing forage stand, was tested by broadcasting a mix of legume seeds in a small pasture. Before broadcasting, there were no legumes growing in this pasture.
Soil Biology – The effectiveness of a variety of nutrient adding substances such as Calcium Nitrate fertilizer, compost, and fish fertilizer/molasses combinations were evaluated by comparing the amount of dry matter produced from areas where each fertilizer type was applied.
Low Land Forages – Different varieties of Reed Canary grass and a mix of Reed Canary, Creeping Red Fescue, Timothy and Alsike Clover were seeded to a low lying area. Two thirds of the field received fertilizer and the rest was left for a comparison.
Perennial Grasses for Grazing – We have planted strips of Meadow Brome, Hybrid Brome, Courtenay Tall Fescue, Barcel Tall Fescue, Mara Perennial Ryegrass, Player Perennial Ryegrass, Promesse Timonthy and Rival Reed Canary Grass. We are watching what they are doing and letting them get established.
Canamaize Corn – Canamaize is a variety of corn requiring low heat units, only 1800 to 1900, this is an advantage to us as our biggest challenge with growing corn is insufficient heat units. We are interested in seeing how this progresses and it’s usefulness as a swath grazing or winter grazing crop.
Perenniel Cereal Rye – Growth in the first year looked similar to that of fall rye. Half of the site was grazed in the fall and the other half was left alone for the fall. In 2005, the crop will be harvested for silage and then the re-growth will likely be grazed.
To Cover or Not to Cover – We have seeded Hybrid Brome, Timothy, Alfalfa, and Courtenay Tall Fescue directly into stubble. Half of the site will be seeded with an oats cover crop. We will be interested to see how much of a yield difference the cover crop makes over the next few years.
3D Fence – Farmers across Alberta suffer great losses from elk and deer feeding on and fouling their winter feed supply. To find solutions for these serious problems, in addition to a project site east of Ponoka, we initiated two new 3D fencing project sites in the Sundre area, in Mountain View County.