Strategies to Improve Forage Yield & Quality While Adapting to Climate Change [fi06]
|Status||completed in 2018|
|Project Lead||Pacific Field Corn Association|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC Dairy Association (DIREC), Pacific Field Corn Association|
|Other Partners||BC Forage Council, Holberg Farm Ltd, seed industry|
Anticipated changes in climate may impact forage production in the Fraser Valley through increased erosion risk, delays in spring planting, and potential for lower yields due to a shorter growing season with more prolonged hot and dry periods. Developing a toolkit of practical adaptive management strategies will assist forage producers in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island to improve yield and quality of forage crops under future scenarios of changing climate and increasingly variable weather.
The project tested and demonstrated corn hybrids suited to both late planting and/or early harvesting and that are heat and flood tolerant, as well as winter crops (including grasses, legumes and cereals) that are amenable to a range of planting and harvesting dates. To address the climate change scenario of extended hot dry periods during the growing season, the project introduced, tested and demonstrated advanced irrigation practices (for their role in profitable and sustainable production).
Project findings were shared through field days, industry presentations and publications, and through the Pacific Field Corn Association website.