FORAGE SEED RESEARCH PLOT TOUR AND BARBECUE 2018
at Melfort Research Farm on Thursday July 26, 2018 at 12 noon.
DIRECT SEEDING VERSUS PRE-SEED TILLAGE IN RED CLOVER SEED PRODUCTION
Early weed control and good crop establishment are two of the most important requirements in successful forage seed production. Producers are looking to find the most effective method for planting forage seed crops while controlling early emerging weeds. This project final report compares direct seeding with various registered herbicide applications to pre-seeding tillage in red clover seed production.
AG-VISION SEEDS SOLD TO CROP PRODUCTION SERVICES
|Ray McVicar and Terry Kowalchuk at Ag-Vision Seeds in 2014.
Ag-Vision Seeds of Carrot River, SK has been sold to Crop Production Services (CPS) of Loveland, Colorado. For more details, please contact CPS Carrot River at (306) 768-3335.
THREE DIRECTORS RETURNED AND ONE NEW DIRECTOR JOINS THE SFSDC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SFSDC is pleased to announce the return of three Directors at the recent Annual General Meeting. Morley Doerksen, Garrick SK starts his second term on the Board and is the Vice-Chair. Denton Peifer, Nipawin SK returns to the Board in his second term as Treasurer, and James Silcox, Nipawin SK returns for his third term on the Board. James takes over the role as Chair.
Past Directors David Maxwell and Nels Smelland retired from the Board after serving nine and six years respectively.
Spencer Staffen, Nipawin SK has joined the Board and begins his first three year term. Spencer and his family have grown forage seed in the Nipawin area for many years. SFSDC is very pleased to have Spencer as our new Director.
FORAGE SEED INFORMATION SESSION
The annual SFSDC Forage Seed Information Session was held in Saskatoon, SK on January 11, 2018. The session included reports on forage seed research and markets. Dr. Dave Grafstrom, University of Minnesota, began the session.
PEDIGREED SEED UPDATE ON CIRCULAR 6 RULES
At the annual SFSDC Forage Seed Information Session on January 11, 2018, Mike Scheffel, Managing Director of Policy and Standards at the Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA) in Ottawa provided the pedigreed forage seed acreage report and an update on the on-going Circular 6 modernization.
MANAGING FOR TOP PERENNIAL RYEGRASS SEED YIELDS
At the annual SFSDC Forage Seed Information Session, Dr. Dave Grafstrom, University of Minnesota, began the session with an excellent presentation entitled, “ Perennial Ryegrass Yields 2,000 lbs/acre by 2020: Reality or Pipedream!” Dave is a board member of the Minnesota Turf Seed Council and writes a weekly newsletter for their website during the growing season to update growers on current crop conditions, crop management, and pest outbreaks.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 12th Annual General Meeting of the SFSDC was held in Saskatoon, SK on January 11, 2018. David Maxwell, SFSDC Chair began by introducing the Directors and Advisors of the Commission. David Maxwell and Ray McVicar provided their annual reports. James Silcox provided an update on the current year’s activities.