FORAGE SEED FACTS
Thank-you to the forage seed buyers for your support of the process and levy collection from 46 species (37 grasses, 9 legumes), keeping accurate records of this diversity of crop types – this is not a simple task when compared to single commodity levy groups.
2019-2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The SFSDC held the 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Saskatoon, SK on January 11, 2021. Using Zoom and the tech support from the AV Team at Prairieland Park Saskatoon, 114 individuals attended the AGM and the Forages Market Outlook presentation by David McGregor, Imperial Seeds.
KEYS MESSAGES FOR CROPS INDUSTRY REGARDING PPE AND BIOSECURITY DURING COVID-19
There is not likely to be a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) including spray suits, coveralls, aprons, rubber boots and neoprene gloves. Masks and goggles may have increased demand for operations with multiple workers to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please follow the Public Health Agency of Canada guidelines:
FORAGE SEED GROWER INFORMATION SESSION JANUARY 2020
The annual Grower Information Session and Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on January 14th, 2020. Thanks to all those who attended our event despite the near record-breaking cold temperature. Special thanks to the following volunteers who helped out with set-up and registration: Lana Haight, Livestock and Forages Centre of Excellence, Marianne Possberg, Saskatchewan Cattleman’s Association, and Shannon McArton, Saskatchewan Forage Council.
2018-2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 14th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the SFSDC was held at Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK on January 14, 2020.
FORAGE SEED RESEARCH FUNDING ANNOUNCED
On January 14, 2020 federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie Claude Bibeau and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $11 million in funding for 47 crop-related research projects through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) and the Strategic Field Program (SFP). ADF and SFP are supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $388 Million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture by the federal and provincial governments.
ANNUAL 2020 FORAGE SEED FIELD TOUR AND BBQ
The annual forage seed field tour and barbecue were held at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Research Farm near Melfort, SK, on July 25th, 2019. The SFSDC, the Northeast Agriculture Research Foundation (NARF), and AAFC-Melfort hosted the event.
SCIC EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR SEEDING GREENFEED CROPS DUE TO DRY CONDITIONS
As we are all aware, current dry conditions with minimal ground moisture are impacting pastures and forage crops. As a result, there is a lot of worry about feed and pasture supplies for livestock. The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) understands the challenges facing producers and wishes to make them aware of the options available if they wish to look at alternate uses of their forage crops. Through the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program, the deadline for seeding crops for greenfeed has been extended from June 30 to July 15.
FIELD CROPS & FORAGE PESTS & THEIR NATURAL ENEMIES IN WESTERN CANADA 2018
This is an excellent resource published by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada that will assist growers in identifying field crop and forage pest. It includes pictures of the pest at various stages, hosts, life cycle, description & pictures of feeding damage, monitoring/scouting, economic threshold and management options.
To download click here.
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR SFSDC
The Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development Commission (SFSDC) is excited to have a new Executive Director, Jo-Anne Relf-Eckstein.
FORAGE SEED RESEARCH REPORTS ONLINE
The reports from the 2018 Forage Seed Research program are now available on this website. Reports include research on crop rotations with red and alsike clover, alternate row planting with meadow bromegrass, annual ryegrass fertility, and the ongoing red clover management project at the U of S that includes control of lesser clover leaf weevil.
|Calvin Yoder, AB Agriculture & Forestry.
Saskatoon, SK. Jan. 17, 2019.
FORAGE SEED INFORMATION SESSION
The Forage Seed Information Session was held in Saskatoon, SK on January 17, 2019. The session included reports on forage seed research and markets as well as the 13th Annual General Meeting of SFSDC. Calvin Yoder, Forage Seed Crops Agrologist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry in Spirit River AB provided an excellent talk on forage seed production and research.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 13th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the SFSDC was held in Saskatoon, SK on January 17, 2019. James Silcox, SFSDC Chair began by introducing the Board of Directors, Advisors and guests.
|Galega forage legume. U of S. July 2018. Source: SFSDC|
FORAGE SEED RESEARCH FUNDING ANNOUNCED
On January 17, 2019 federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $5.5 million in funding for 34 livestock and forage-related research. Three new forage seed research projects were included in the funding announcement from ADF.
ANNUAL FORAGE SEED FIELD TOUR AND BBQ
was held at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Farm at Melfort SK on July 26, 2018.
FORAGE SEED RESEARCH PLOT TOUR AND BARBECUE 2018
at Melfort Research Farm on Thursday July 26, 2018 at 12 noon.
DIRECT SEEDING VERSUS PRE-SEED TILLAGE IN RED CLOVER SEED PRODUCTION
Early weed control and good crop establishment are two of the most important requirements in successful forage seed production. Producers are looking to find the most effective method for planting forage seed crops while controlling early emerging weeds. This project final report compares direct seeding with various registered herbicide applications to pre-seeding tillage in red clover seed production.