Current Research Projects

2020 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 1,500 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:
 

1A. Winter Wheat Demonstration
•This demonstration was seeded last fall to show the potential of winter crops

 

1B. EcoTea Application on Canola
•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

 

1. 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 second 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

 

2. 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.

3. Intercropping with 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 and frosty clover

 

4. Intercropping with Peas
•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

 

5. 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

 

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

 

7. Producer Cocktail Testing
•This demonstration showcases 14 different cocktail mixes used by producers across the Peace

 

8. Alberta Wheat Commission, Alberta Barley Commission, and Alberta Pulse Growers Demonstrations
• These plots are a special feature to Alberta Wheat Commission's WheatStalk. These include demonstrations on fungicide, plant growth regulators, and variety comparisons

 

9. 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.

 

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

 

11. 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

 

12. 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.

 

13. 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.

 

14. 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.

2020 Teepee Creek Trials & Demonstrations

Our Teepee Creek site is 1 mile west of Teepee Creek on Hwy 674. Access to this site is north on RR35. Big thank you to our landowner, Garth Issac for allowing us access to this wonderful site. The trials are listed as they relate to the plot map to the right.
 

1. Yield and Quality of Annual Crops for Forage Production in Alberta
•This trial is a replication of the following trials also located at the Fairview Research Farm:
•Screening of alternative forage-type annual crops, grasses and forbs for forage production
•Evaluation of Cereal Mixtures for Forage Yield & Quality
•Pulse/Cereal Mixtures for Improved Forage Production
•Cool Season Annual Forage Type Cereal Varieties for Silage

 

2. Producer Cocktail Testing
•This demonstration showcases 14 different cocktail mixes used by producers across the Peace

 

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

 

4. Intercropping with 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 and frosty clover

 

5. Intercropping with Peas
•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

2020 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

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