Seedbed Preparation for Incorporating Legumes

There are many advantages to incorporating legumes into pastures. The following excerpts highlight those advantages as well as how to prepare your seedbed for high legume pastures. For more information on the “Grazing High Legumes Project” and grazing high legume pastures visit: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/aet16292

Opportunities for Cover Crops in Shorter Growing Seasons

In recent years, cover crops have gained popularity throughout many parts of the nation. Much research has been done evaluating their use in cropping systems and their utility in improving soil health. More recently, more research has started investigating their usefulness as a forage source. StartFragment Cover crops are generally water efficient, help reduce soil erosion, produce high-quality and high-yielding forages, and may have special value after multiple cropping cycles for soil improvement. Cover crops are also known as scavengers, converting nitrogen (N) to usable protein. Cocktails can be created to meet grower demands – for instance, grass and brassicas can help to recycle excess

The Challenges of Growing Quality Forages

Perception that forages are too weather-dependent or that producers plant one year and leave them alone for three must be challenged. The name varies from farm to farm and from one region of the country to another. Some refer to it under the blanket term “forage” while others attempt to be more specific — hay, haylage, silage, dry hay or pasture. Whatever the term, two distinct trends have unfolded in the past five years: forage production is declining, and with it — say some in the industry — the quality. Statistically and anecdotally, the numbers reflect the drop. Statistics Canada numbers for 1981 to 2011 (see graph below) indicate hay and other fodder crops area rose steadily between 198

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