Demonstration of Annual Forage-Type Cover Crops and Perennial Forages

Collaborator: Performance Seed

Project Site: Fairview Research Farm (NW5-82-3W6) on RR #35, MD of Fairview.

Research Coordinator: Dr. Akim Omokanye

From: Peace Country Beef & Forage Association 2017 Annual Report


In collaboration with Performance Seed (Lethbridge), 4 perennial mixes, 3 alfalfas, 3 grasses, 2 annual clovers, 2 forage-type brassicas, 2 annual ryegrasses and an annual cocktail cover crop mixture were seeded for demonstration purposes at the Fairview Research Farm. This was to see how these annuals and perennials perform in the area.


Methods

  • Project Site: Fairview Research Farm (NW5-82-3W6) on RR #35, MD of Fairview.

  • 2-3 plots were seeded for each variety in small plots (118.8 ft2 )

  • Seeding was done on May 31 - June 1, 2017 with a 6-row Fabro plot drill at 9” row spacing.

  • Fertility was 50 lbs/acre of 11-52-0 for alfalfa and clovers. Annual ryegrasses received (lbs/acre) 89 N + 50 P + 29 K + 24 S.

  • Spraying: In-crop spraying – 2,4-D-700 for annual ryegrasses, Lontrel 360 for brassicas, Basagran Forte for alfalfas, and Curtail M for perennial grasses. The mixtures were not sprayed.

  • Seeding rates are shown in Table 1 below.


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