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Fairview Research Farm Trials & Demonstrations

Our Research Farm is located 2 miles west of Fairview on Highway 64A, and north ¾ of a mile on Range Road 35. The majority of our research is on the south side of the farm, bordering the Fairview Airport. Spring soil tests were completed and fertilizer was applied based on recommendations for an average production result. All crops were seeded at commonly recommended seeding rates.

Trials conducted at the Fairview Research Farm are as follows:

  • Regional Silage Variety Trials - Barley, Oats, Triticale, and Pea/Cereal Mixtures

    • This is a provincial variety trial that tests the growth potential and forage yield of various commonly available varieties of barley, oats, triticale, and pea/cereal mixes. Results of these trials are made available in the Alberta Seed Guide

  • Alternative Cereals for Forage Production

    • This trial tests the monocrop forage potential of various alternative cereal varieties commonly used in cocktail cover crops, including millet, annual ryegrass, wheat, and festulolim (a fescue/rye hybrid)

  • Brassica & Broadleaf Crops for Forage Production

    • This trial tests the monocrop forage potential of various forage brassicas and broadleaves commonly used in cocktail cover crops including: phacelia, turnip, radish, chicory, buckwheat, and more

  • Alternative Legumes for Forage Production

    • This trial tests the monocrop forage potential of various alternative legumes commonly used in cocktail cover crops including: annual vetches such as hairy vetch, annual clovers such as crimson clover, and more

  • Intercropping Systems with and Without Nitrogen Fertilizer Application, and the Effects on Colonization of Mycorrhizal Fungi

    • This project is being conducted by Alan Lee, a Master’s student with the U of A. Our very own Dr. Akim Omokanye is a co-supervisor on this project

    • This is the first year of Alan’s two-year project measuring not only yield response to various intercrops and monocrops with top-up nitrogen applications, but also the soil and mycorrhizal fungi response

  • Quinoa Variety Demonstration

    • This is a demonstration of the growth potential of different quinoa varieties

  • Annual Forage Legume Cover Crop Herbicide Trial

    • This trial is in collaboration with Calvin Yoder, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

    • This trial is testing how annual forage legumes such as hairy vetch and crimson clover respond to various in-crop herbicide applications

  • Cover Crop Cocktail Seeding Rate Trial

    • This trial measures the forage quality, biomass, and growth potential of a number of different cover crop cocktail mixes at various seeding rates, to determine ideal seeding rates for optimum forage production 

  • EcoTea Application on Wheat

    • This trial is in collaboration with South Peace Grain Cleaning Co-Op and is testing the yield and soil response to application of EcoTea at seeding and in-crop

  • Warm Season Pea/Cereal Mixes

    • This trial looks at the potential of mixes, where the cereal portion is seeded at 50% of recommended rates, and peas are seeded at 75% of recommended rates 

  • Cover Crop Cocktails to Improve TDN

    • This trial looks at various crops to add to cocktail mixes, such as corn and wheat, to improve silage TDN

  • Pulse Crops Trial

    • This trial looks at 16 different pulse varieties for growth and forage potential

  • Intercropping: 100% Cash Crop + 40% Subterranean Clover

    • This intercropping trial sees cash crops such as canola, wheat, and flax, grown at 100% recommended seeding rate, along with 40% of the recommended seeding rate of subterranean clover  

  • Mixed & Alternate Row Intercropping

    • This trial will be testing various cash crop mixes including canola, wheat, flax, and peas at 75% recommended seeding rates. Plots include mixed row and alternating row crops

  • Perennial Forage Legumes

    • This trial is in its establishment year, and will be testing the growth and forage potential of 27 different perennial legumes

  • Perennial Forage Grasses

    • This trial is in its establishment year, and will be testing the growth and forage potential of 27 different perennial grasses

  • Perennial Forage Mixtures

    • This trial is in its establishment year, and will be testing the growth and forage potential of 20 different perennial hay and grazing mixtures

  • Perennial Rye Trial

    • This trial is in its establishment year and will demonstrate the growth and yield potential of perennial rye 

  • Strategies to Reduce Fertility Inputs and Improve Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration in Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems

    • This three year, field scale trial aims to examine the effects of incorporating CCCs, bale grazing, and swath grazing in crop rotations/cropping systems, and the use of manure and foliar fertilizer on soil health improvement, fertility savings, C storage & potential carbon sequestration rates.​

 

Teepee Creek Site Trials & Demonstrations

Our Teepee Creek site is located on the west and east sides of Highway 733, just north of the intersection with Highway 674. This site is a collaboration with SARDA Ag Research, out of Falher, and is being supported by the Alberta Wheat Commission, Alberta Barley, Alberta Pulse Growers, and the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Trials at this site include:

  • Demonstration of Annual Crop Mixtures, and Alternative Cereals & Legumes for Forage Production

    • This is a demonstration that includes 20 different cover crop cocktail mixtures, 22 different alternative cereals, and 14 different annual legumes, and is also featured in Fairview & Rycroft

  • Seeding Rate Calculator Demo

    • This canola demo will show how to use the Canola Council’s seeding rate calculator to calculate seeding rates for a target plant stand

  • Seed-Placed Phosphorus Demo

    • This canola demo compares seed-placed phosphorus at rates of 0, 25, 50, 75, and 100 lb/acre

  • Cleavers Control Demo

    • This canola demo compares pre-seed and in-crop cleaver control options to no treatment

  • Intercropping with Cereals Demo

    • This demo will compare single versus intercropping versus a variety blend, using barley, oats, and triticale

  • Seed Treatment Demo

    • This demo will compare seed treatment with fungicide to non-treated seed, as well as treated seed followed up with Prosaro 3-4 days after head emergence, using barley

  • Fungicide Timing on Wheat & Barley Demo

    • This demo compares 6 varieties of barley and 4 varieties of wheat, under 8 different fungicide treatment options

  • Wheat Agronomy Stacking Demo

    • This demo compares 2 varieties of wheat, with and without plant growth regulator treatment, and under 3 different foliar fungicide treatments

  • Dean Spaner Breeding Program Varieties Demo

    • This demo showcases 5 different varieties of wheat from Dean Speaner’s breeding program

  • Insecticide Demo on Pulses

    • This demo will compare both peas and faba beans with and without insecticide treatment

  • Lupins Demo

    • This small demo showcases lupins in the Peace

  • Intercropping with Pulses Demo

    • This demo will showcase 3 different pulse intercrops: pea/cereal, chickpea/flax, and lentil/flax

  • SARDA’s Regional Variety Trial - Wheat and Peas

    • These trials test commonly grown local varieties with upcoming varieties under local conditions

High Prairie Site Trials & Demonstrations

Our High Prairie site is located on the east side of Highway 749 north of High Prairie across from the High Prairie AgriPlex riding arena. This site is also shared with SARDA Ag Research. Trials at this site include:

  • Cover Crop Cocktails Trial

    • This trial compares 15 cover crop cocktails to CDC Haymaker Oats for forage yield and growth

  • Intercropping Systems Trial

    • This trial is testing 20 intercrop mixes for grain production

  • Alternative Broadleaves for Forage Production

    • This demonstration shows growth and forage potential of 5 different broadleaf crops for use in cover crop cocktails

  • Cereals for Forage Production

    • This trial is testing 25 different cereals for growth and forage potential

  • Alternative Legumes for Forage Production

    • This trial is testing 19 different annual legumes for growth and forage potential

 

Rycroft Site Trials & Demonstrations

Our Rycroft site is located on the north side of Highway 49, between Rycroft and Spirit River just west of the Weaver Auctions yard. Trials at this site include:

  • Alternative Cereals for Forage Production

    • This is a replication of the trial at the Fairview Research Farm, testing 20 different cereal varieties

  • Alternative Legumes for Forage Production

    • This is a replication of the trial at the Fairview Research Farm, testing 15 different annual legume varieties

  • Cover Crop Cocktail Demonstration

    • This is a demonstration of 15 different cover crop cocktail mixtures

  • Intercropping Systems Demonstration

    • This is a demonstration of 6 different intercropping mixtures for grain production

 

On-Farm Trials & Demonstrations

  • Rejuvenating Pastures with Legumes: Potential of Alternative Pasture Improvement Strategies for Maximum Environmental and Economic Sustainability - Teepee Creek

    • This 3 Year Trial is looking to determine the ability of legumes to establish and persist in existing pasture following different seeding methods.

  • Evaluation of Strategic Land-Use Options Through Forage, Crop and Livestock Integration - Hines Creek

    • This 3 year project looks to examine soil improvement, crop fertility savings & soil organic carbon stock under several potential crop-livestock production systems.

  • On-farm demonstration of grazing management to improve soil health & forage production - High Prairie

    • This demonstration looks to assess the effect of high stock density grazing and a year of pasture rest on soil health improvement, plant diversity and forage production compared to a control.   

  • Effect of foliar application of EcoTeaTM on perennial forage mixtures - Cleardale

    • To test EcoTea liquid foliar feeder on a perennial stand.

  • On-farm cocktail soil monitoring project - Fairview, Forth Creek, Grimshaw, Hines Creek & Enilda

    • Several sites, which have cocktails for some years are being examined for soil improvement with cocktails in different areas of the Peace.

  • Operation Pollinator - Peace River, Teepee Creek, North Star & Valleyview

    • This project is in its third year of monitoring established perennial polinator mixes with the goal of creating a healthy pollinator habitat​

  • Reducing Fertility Costs with Maximal Success & Minimal Environmental Effects - Fourth Creek

    • This project is ​monitoring the long-term use of cocktail cover crops & grazing management on fertility needs.

  • Stem Mining Weevils for Biological Control of Canada Thistle – Whitelaw & Wanham

    • This project is monitoring the long-term effects of the Stem Mining Weevil in thistle. Weevils were originally released in 2013​

  • Soil Carbon Challenge – Eureka River

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