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Perennial Forage Demonstration in High Prairie: Yield & Feed Value Following Second Year of Cutting

Location: High Prairie Airport

Research Coordinator: Dr. Akim Omokanye

From: Peace Country Beef & Forage Association 2012 Annual Report

Following the establishment of 32 forage species and varieties (15 grasses + 17 legumes) in June of 2010, we have continued to maintain and collect necessary data on the performance of these forages. We have also continued to show case the plots to producers in High Prairie and area. The PCBFA Annual Reports for 2010 and 2011 have information regarding seeding & management, and reports on dry matter yield and quality, and selenium contents for some forage varieties.

Management and Measurement in 2012

There are 2 separate blocks of grasses and legumes. Varieties used for comparison were: Fleet meadow bromegrass & Carlton smooth bromegrass (grasses); Anik, Peace & Algonquin alfalfa varieties (legumes).

Fertility — On May 03, 2012, a hand held fertilizer spreader was used to broadcast urea (46-0-0) in two equal passes of 33.75 lbs actual N/acre. The second pass was made perpendicular to the first in order to evenly apply the product. In total 67.5 lbs/acre was broadcast. The fertilizer was applied to the entire plot of grasses. No fertilizer application was made on the legume plots.