Inter-seeding to Improve Forage Quality and Quantity in the Peace [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/technologies for inter-seeding to improve perennial forage production under 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 demonstration include alternative legumes (such as birdsfoot trefoil, sanfoin and cicer milkvetch) and grass (such as orchard grass and meadow brome).
Trials will be conducted at five sites in the Peace region to assess the following practices:
- fall seeding
- pre-treatments using intensive grazing or herbicides
- the VREDO zero-till drill (in comparison to broadcast seeding)
The project will examine how the practices and crop varieties impact yields, forage quality, bare ground inventory and undesirable species populations over multiple years. A cost-benefit analysis of the different practices will also be completed.