Current Projects

Pollinator Project


While farm landscapes often lack the diversity and abundance of flowers that pollinators require, research has shown this trend can be reversed. To support pollinator communities within agricultural land, wildflower field margins provide a range of foraging habitats, with diverse, pollen and nectar-rich nutrition, as well as nesting and breeding areas.

Foothills Forage is participating in this project which includes 33 sites across Alberta. 2017 is an establishment year and we are hoping to do a tour of one of the sites in 2018 and keep with monitoring into the future.

Sainfoin - High Legume Pastures


As producers, we are very aware of the increased productivity, quality and nitrogen fixing benefits by including a high percentage of legumes in our pastures, however, the risk of bloat is a very real concern. This project includes 2 10-acre establishment and grazing trial of a sainfoin/alfalfa (60%) and grass mixture (40%) near Longview and Gleichen.  This project is aimed to help producers to include higher levels of legumes in their pastures, resulting in increased production and decreased cost of production. Read More... 

More Information on High Legumes Pastures

Perennial Forages Trial


This project will provide farmers and ranchers in Alberta with performance information on a number of grass and legume species and varieties. It will introduce cultivars which have been developed in recent years but have had limited regional evaluation. 32 species and/or varieties of perennial grasses and legumes have been selected for evaluation in 8 different regions of Alberta. Establishment, winter survival and yield will be monitored. Data from sites within the same ecoregions will be combined for a regional analysis, increasing the confidence in project results and recommendations. 

Biological Control of Canada Thistle 2012-2017


What if you could control Canada Thistle without the use of chemical herbicides or tilling, resulting in the loss of your desirable forbs? Also known as Hadroplontus litura, the stem mining weevil was introduced from Europe to Canada in1965 and to the USA in 1970 to feed on Canada thistle. It is a biological control agent that attacks Canada thistle stems and rosettes. The weevil restricts its feeding to this weed and a few close relatives. It attacks rosettes of Canada Thistle in early spring, before the thistle bolts. Read More...

Past Projects

Soil Carbon Monitoring - 2007

Foothills Forage was interested in Carbon before it was cool!

FFGA hired an environmental consulting company to conduct a soil organic carbon monitoring project comparing soils under native range, tame pasture, and cultivation. This report presents methodology, results, conclusions, and recommendations based on the analyses of the data collected in 2006.


Click here for the full report

Bale Grazing Project 2011-2015

For cow calf producers in the prairies area, overwintering of cows is a major cost to the production system. Time and machinery costs are a major component of those overwintering expenses. Many attempts to reduce those costs have been successfully used by producers, bale grazing being one of those techniques and the focus of this project. Our study found bale grazing saves time, money, and boosts pasture productivity. Read More...

Oat, Barley, Snow Peas and Brassica Swath Grazing

In 2015 near Acme, Alberta Foothills Forage  conducted a swath grazing trial with three different blends. Blend 1: Oats, Barley, Peace Diverse Annual Mix. Peace Diverse Annual Mix - GRAZA Forage Radish, WINFRED Forage Brassica, HUNTER Forage Brassica, CORRINE Ethiopian Cabbage, Sorghum, Millet, Ryegrass, Hairy Vetch and Crimson Clover. Blend 2: Oats, Barley, Snow Peas, Peace Diverse Annual Mix.  Blend 3: Peace Diverse Annual Mix. Read More...

Winter Grazing Corn Demonstration


Winter feeding is the largest cost in maintaining a cattle herd. There are many ways to extend the grazing season in Alberta through the use of stockpiled forages, crops and crop residues to reduce production costs. There has been
growing interest in the value of grazing standing corn as part of a winter feeding program. Read More...

Photo Credit: Lee Gunderson



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