Current Research Projects

2021 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

 

This year we have approximately 1,200 small plots ranging from cocktails to canola, and flax to fall rye. Here is a full list of our projects at the Fairview Research Farm, as they relate to the plot map.

Regional Silage Variety Trial: Barley

•This is a provincial variety trial that tests the growth potential and forage yield of various commonly available varieties. This trial is testing 19 barley varieties.

Regional Silage Variety Trial: Oats
•This is a provincial variety trial that tests the growth potential and forage yield of various commonly available varieties. This trial is testing 14 varieties of oats.

 

Regional Silage Variety Trial: Triticale & Soft White Wheat
•This is a provincial variety trial that tests the growth potential and forage yield of various commonly available varieties. This trial is testing 7 varieties of triticale and 6 varieties of soft white wheat.

Screening of Alternative Forage Type Annual Crops, Grasses and Forbs 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

 

Evaluation of Cereal Mixtures for Forage Yield & Quality
•This trial looks at mixtures of barley,oats, triticale, wheat, and rye for forage quality

 

Pulse/Cereal Mixtures for Improved Forage Production
•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

 

 Screening of Forage-Type Cereals for Forage Production
•This trial tests the monocrop forage potential of various alternative cereal varieties, including millet, annual ryegrass, wheat, and barley.

Pulse Crops for Forage and Seed
•This trial looks at 12 varieties of peas and faba beans for forage and grain quality

 

Side by Side Assessment of Commercial & Producer Cover Crop Mixtures
•This demonstration showcases 14 different cocktail mixes used by producers across the Peace

 

How Bio Stimulants and Micronutrients can Impact Crop Production

  • This trial is looking at the impact of the application of various bio stimulants and micronutrients on wheat and canola for grain production

Enhanced Grain Production in Forage-Type Barley via Plant Growth Regulator Applies at Stem Elongation Growth Stage

  • This trial is testing the effects of applying PGR's to forage-type barley varieties and the effect on grain yield

Intercropping Systems for Forage, Seed, and Ecosystem Functions

  • This trial is looking at the effects that intercropping has on seed and forage yield, as well as the effects that it has on soil moisture use and nutrient cycling. 

Forage Production, Quality Potential, and Ecosystem Functions of Perennial Forages

  • This project is managed by a University of Alberta Master's Student and is looking at the soil functions under perennials in addition to forage yield and quality. 

2021 Teepee Creek Trials & Demonstrations

Our Teepee Creek site is 3 miles west of Teepee Creek on Hwy 674. Big thank you to our landowner, Garth Issac for allowing us access to this wonderful site. 
 

Screening of Alternative Forage Type Annual Crops, Grasses and Forbs 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

 

Evaluation of Cereal Mixtures for Forage Yield & Quality
•This trial looks at mixtures of barley,oats, triticale, wheat, and rye for forage quality

 

Pulse/Cereal Mixtures for Improved Forage Production
•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

 

 Screening of Forage-Type Cereals for Forage Production
•This trial tests the monocrop forage potential of various alternative cereal varieties, including millet, annual ryegrass, wheat, and barley.

 

Pulse Crops for Forage and Seed
•This trial looks at 12 varieties of peas and faba beans for forage and grain quality

 

Side by Side Assessment of Commercial & Producer Cover Crop Mixtures
•This demonstration showcases 14 different cocktail mixes used by producers across the Peace

2021 Debolt Trials & Demonstrations

Our Debolt Site is located north of the Debolt townsite on Hwy 763, and a mile east on Twp road 740. Huge thank you to our collaborating landowner Marc Pellerin for use of this site. 
 

Side by Side Assessment of Commercial & Producer Cover Crop Mixtures

•This demonstration showcases 14 different cocktail mixes used by producers across the Peace

In Search of Adaptable Low Heat Unit Corn Hybrids for Winter Feeding Systems

  • This trial is comparing 16 corn varieties for performance as a winter feed source for beef cows

Testing Seed Treatment, Inoculant Response, and Phosphorus Fertilizer Application on Pea Production and Residual Soil Nitrogen

  • This trial is testing effects that inoculant, seed treatment, and fertility application has on pea production and residual soil nitrogen

Screening of Perennial Forages

  • This trial is looking at yield, quality, and growth potential of various perennial grasses, legumes, and mixtures. 

2021 High Prairie Trials & Demonstrations

Our High Prairie Perennial Site is 1/4 mile south of the High Prairie AgriPlex on Hwy 749. Thanks to Bill Fevang and Fevang Farms for their continued support of our programming by hosting this site for the 4th year running.


This site is testing the establishment, yield, nutritional quality, and longevity of various perennial species as follows:
 

1. Perennial Grass/Legume Mixes
• This trial includes 9 perennial mixes for pasture and hay

 

2. Perennial Legumes
• This trial includes 15 perennial legume varieties

 

3. Perennial Grasses
• This trial features 12 species and
varieties of perennial grasses