Innovative Management Practices for Resiliency [fi08]
|Status||completed in 2017|
|Project Lead||Peace River Forage Association of BC|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Agribusiness, BC Grain Producers Association, Peace Region Forage Seed Association, Peace River Forage Association, Farm Cooperators, University of Northern BC|
|Other Partners||Ducks Unlimited Canada|
As weather variability and extreme weather events increase, forage producers in the Peace region will require flexible and responsive management strategies. This project will work with Peace producers using a farm systems approach to identify and to adopt nutrient management practices and forage production systems that are more resilient to weather extremes and climate change.
Three strategies will be evaluated including: 1) revitalization of forage stand options (e.g. utilizing existing on farm resources such as nutrients from confined feeding or winterfeeding sites, grazing management, seeding, fertilizing and rejuvenating forage stands to increase production); 2) establishment, production and stand longevity of legume alternatives to alfalfa; and 3) identification of ways to reduce nutrient loss. The three production strategies will be evaluated based on economic indicators, soil quality, soil and crop response and producer perspectives on the adoption of the practice.
Project findings will be shared via field days, seminars/ tours and workshops, the Peace River Forage Association’s website, newsletters and fact sheets.
- Forage Factsheets (2016 & 2017, set of 6) (10 MB zip)