Demonstration of Innovative Pasture Rejuvenation Practices in Central and Northern Interior of BC [fi21]
|Status||in progress: Apr 2019 to Mar 2022|
|Project Lead||BC Forage Council|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC Forage Council , Canadian Forage and Grassland Association , Northern Development Initiative Trust|
|Other Partners||producer cooperators|
This three year project will evaluate the effectiveness and suitability of innovative seed-drill technologies and practices to rejuvenate pastures and improve soil health. It will also fill the gap in knowledge for no-till practices that can be used in organic and holistically managed operations. Improving soil health is critical to climate change adaptation and mitigation as increased soil organic matter increases carbon sequestration and improves water holding capacity, enabling the soil to better tolerate extended dry conditions and intense rainfall events, both of which are predicted to increase in BC.
A minimum of three participating farms located in the central and northern interior regions of BC will conduct on-site trials to explore best management practices for pasture rejuvenation. The levels of soil organic carbon will also be measured at the trial sites in collaboration with a national research project led by the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association. This FAIP project will evaluate how equipment and practices impact establishment, yield, feed quality analysis, and soil health over three growing seasons. Practices to be trialled include annual forage cocktails, management intensive grazing and frost seeding. Soil health will be assessed at the start and the end of the trials, and pasture inventories and performance and regrowth evaluations will be conducted annually.
Extension activities will include annual field days, fact sheets, quarterly updates in the BC Forage Council newsletter and social media channels as well as regional presentations of results.