2024 PRFSA Seminar & AGM
SAVE THE DATE! The 2024 Annual Production and Marketing Seminar & AGM will be held March 7th, 2024 at the Rycroft Ag Society in Rycroft, AB. Watch here for more details!
PRFSA 2021-2025 Strategic Plan Available!
Every 5 years the Peace Region Forage Seed Association updates their strategic plan to ensure they are delivering relevant relevant research and extension to forage seed growers in the AB and BC Peace Regions. A roll up of the feedback received out to growers and industry has been posted on the About Us page. Thank you to everyone who took time to contribute.
New and interactive forage selection tool launched for Western Canada
The Saskatchewan Forage Council is excited to announce the launch of Forage U-Pick, a new interactive forage species selection tool for Western Canada. Designed to provide users with information for forage selection, seeding rates, and weed management, Forage U-Pick is a mobile-friendly tool offering timely and efficient advice.
Forages for hay and pasture are essential for beef production. Ensuring that forage species are well-suited to growing conditions improves establishment rates, yield, vigour and quality. The Forage U-Pick tool provides information that can help to reduce costs, improve utilization and number of grazing days, and increase profitability.
Forage U-Pick is an intuitive and easy-to-use platform:
- Forages Suited to My Field allows users to choose their province, soil zone or a regional zone and provides a list of forage species that are suited to the selected zone.
- The Seeding Rate Calculator is used once users have selected the forages they want to seed, ensuring that the right amount of seed is put into the ground to have the best possible chance for a good stand.
- The Forage Weed Management area of the tool touches on how the economic success in forages can increase with proper weed control.
Pest Monitoring Updates
During the growing season, consider accessing two resources supported by grower associations and commissions on the prairies:
The BC Pest Monitoring Project has been extended until 2025! This cross commodity project (Grain Producers, Forage Seed, Cattlemen and Horticulture) is coordinated by Keith Uloth. Pest Updates, derived from in-field monitoring performed in BC Peace each growing season, are texted out weekly. Contact Keith at 250-719-8322 or via email at email@example.com to get added to the list or for answers to your pest questions! You can check out the updates on the facebook page.
The Prairie Pest Monitoring Network also produces the Weekly Update e-bulletins during the growing season that summarize emerging prairie-wide pest issues, and includes monitoring tips, risk warnings, and forecasts in order to support in-field monitoring and sound pest management decisions for growers across the Canadian prairies. Contact Jennifer Otani at 780-354-5132 or via email at Jennifer.Otani@agr.gc.ca. Check out the PPMN website & blog to stay current!