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“Last year, China imported 1.23 million tonnes of alfalfa, which was an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year.” – Marc Lavoie

Demand for Canadian forages heading skyward

Forage exporter says the only negative last year was finding enough hay to meet foreign demand

Canadian overseas forage markets have grown in the past couple of years, and the future looks very promising. Korea and Taiwan remain solid markets, but China has come on strong the past few years, Marc Lavoie, forage exporter and manager of Entreprises MacKay, said at the Alberta Forage Industry Network Conference. “Last year, China imported […] Read more

Warmth seen as welcome relief for Manitoba forages

CNS Canada –– A recent wave of warm temperatures is just what’s needed to boost the development of forage crops in Manitoba, which have been slowed due to recent weather, according to two industry experts. “Just within the past week plants are starting to develop, we’re hoping that with the heat they’re forecasting, the crops […] Read more

Termination with glyphosate is more effective if done in the fall.

Forage stands can be terminated in spring — if done right

Herbicide timing is key, and soil moisture and fertility must also be evaluated

Traditionally, forage stands are terminated in the fall so a good seedbed can be established and the sod root system has some time to decompose. However, hay stands can also be terminated in the spring. Producers just need to be aware of a number of factors that can impact success. “Spring termination of hay land […] Read more

Beekeepers bank on biodiversity in pasture lands

Canola is a great source of pollen and nectar — but only for one month of the year

As the Alberta countryside gets eaten up by field crops, pastures are becoming a “safe haven” for field crop pollinators. “Bees spend maybe a month sitting in a canola field, and in that month, they have adequate supplies of pollen and nectar from the canola,” said Adam Ovinge, a beekeeper from Granum. “The problem is […] Read more

Older forage stands aren’t as productive and are less able 
to withstand stress.

Expert says it’s a good time to reseed forage stands

There are several reasons for rejuvenating forage stands this year, 
but limited seed supplies are a reason to move quickly

This year may be a good time to look at reseeding forage stands. “Because of tough financial times, we’ve been allowing some of our forage stands to just go from year to year,” said Grant Lastiwka, a forage and livestock business specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “In addition, many forage stands that were […] Read more

New forage resources available has added new fact sheets and a research paper. The fact sheets are: Oats, Triticale and Corn Winter Grazing Comparison — an update on winter grazing; Triticale Swath Grazing Demonstration Project; and a financial analysis entitled Will a hay shed pay? by Alberta Agriculture economist Dale Kaliel. Also available is a paper titled: Effect […] Read more

Clayton Robins believes energy-dense forages can play a bigger role in livestock production.

Energy-dense forage for the future

Energy-dense forage could present a viable alternative to feedlots in some instances

It’s time for producers to take an annual look at a perennial issue. “What we need to do is get away from our conventional thinking,” Clayton Robins said during a seminar. Annual forage mixes can play a key role in both beef, dairy and sheep production, said the beef producer and former Agriculture Canada research […] Read more

Doing a better job of turning grass into grain — and saying so

Growing more forage is the right thing to do. 
Is the beef industry prepared if it happens?

If you’re looking for proof that there is no such thing as bad publicity, beef may be a good example. For years it’s been painted as a public health and environmental villain, and recently there were more reports on how bovine frontal and rearward methane emissions are a major source of climate-altering greenhouse gas. All […] Read more