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The SFSDC held their annual field day on July 23, 2014 at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Farm south of Melfort, SK.

The forage seed mini-tour was held following the Northeast Agriculture Research Foundation (NARF) annual field day. Over 100 were in attendance for the NARF plot tours while 25 people stayed on for the forage seed mini-tour.

The mini-tour included the demonstration of the following research projects:

2014 Forage Seed Mini-Tour

  • Evaluating the Placement of Companion Crops in Forage Seed Production; where perennial ryegrass and meadow bromegrass crop establishment is being compared under alternative planting methods with-or-without a wheat crop. 
  • Controlling Noxious Weeds and Improving Seed Quality in Established Legumes, and Controlling Noxious Weeds and Improving Seed Quality in Established Grasses; where registered herbicides have been applied to 9 crops to control hard-to-kill weeds and reduce the presence of restricted weed seeds in the sample.
  • Herbicide applications on 9 established forage crops with the goal to develop data for future Minor Use registrations.

SFSDC would like to thank Stu Brandt and the NARF crew for their efforts and expertise with the research projects. Funding for the demonstration projects was received from the ADOPT initiative under the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward 2 bi-lateral agreement. We would also like to thank Dow Agrosciences, NuFarm Agriculture, Syngenta Canada, Bayer Cropscience, DuPont Canada and BASF Canada for providing herbicides for the trials as well as Pickseed Canada for supplying the seed. Special thanks go to BASF Canada who also contributed funding for the Minor Use project.

For more information about current or past research projects, please look under Research.

Posted August 16, 2014