Interseeding to Improve Forage Quality and Quantity in the Peace River [fi24]
|Status||in progress: Apr 2019 to Mar 2022|
|Project Lead||Peace River Forage Association of British Columbia|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Peace River Forage Association of BC|
|Other Partners||Peace Region Forage Seed Association, South Peace Grain Cleaning Coop|
This project will evaluate the effectiveness of several innovative practices for inter-seeding to improve perennial forage production to determine which practices, varieties and technologies are best suited to enhancing forage production and quality with extreme spring moisture and summer drought conditions.
By determining what inter-seeding practices work best to improve perennial forage stands, this project will increase the capacity for producers to adapt to further anticipated shifts in temperature and precipitation patterns. Priority species for demonstrations include alternative legumes (such as birdsfoot trefoil, sanfoin, cicer milkvetch) and grass (such as orchard grass, meadow brome). Through trials at five sites in the Peace River region, the project will assess the following practices:
- fall seeding
- pre-treatments using intensive grazing or herbicides
- and the VREDO zero-till drill (in comparison to broadcast seeding)
Multi-year data will be collected at four of the sites, and the project will examine how the practices and crop varieties impact yields, forage quality, bare ground inventory and undesirable species populations. A cost-benefit analysis of the different practices will also be completed.
Knowledge transfer activities include field days at trial sites and outreach through regional associations.