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A Progress Report on Fall or Spring Management Options for Pastures: Renovate or Rejuvenate?

Funding Received from: Alberta Beef Producers (ABP)

Collaborators: Provincial Grazing Reserve (PGR)/Wanham Grazing Association & Chinook Applied Research Association (CARA), Oyen

Research Coordinator: Akim Omokanye

From: Peace Country Beef & Forage Association 2016 Annual Report

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of different methods of rejuvenating old forage stands and brush control in comparison with a complete renovation (break and re-seed) as well as to demonstrate practical and low cost options with maximal success. This will be achieved by using the systems approach to analyzing the collected data to enable livestock producers to make better decisions in choosing the proper option(s) that may exist for them to rejuvenate their own forage stands.

With this project, our specific objectives are:

1. To test a variety of methods to rejuvenate the productivity of low producing forage stands and how to improve soil conditions under a grazing system.

2. To examine the effect of herbicide application on brush control in pastures and forage stand rejuvenation.

3. To demonstrate practical and sustainable forage production with minimal costs under farm conditions.

4. To provide a guide for the producer or manager when alternatives to breaking need to be considered.

The project is taking place at two (2) sites, one in the Peace (Provincial Grazing Reserve, Wanham) and the second site is with Chinook Applied Research Association i