Pests in the Peace Webinar
Come join Keith Uloth for an hour on Tuesday, Mar 21 to learn about potential pest issues in the upcoming growing season, how to determine thresholds and potential tools to help deal with problems. Register for the webinar HERE.
Peace Region Living Lab Baseline Perhipheral Survey
We need your help! We’d like to kick-off the 5-year PRLL project by getting in touch with Peace Region producers, who are the focus and heart of this living lab. We want input, direction and ideas from the farmers, ranchers and land stewards of the region. The survey will also give us a ‘baseline’ on what is happening across the region when it comes to adoption of Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs). The survey will close April 30 th , 2023. All survey respondents have the opportunity to be entered to win several prize packages, included the much-coveted PRLL hats, forage seed and a Traeger grill! Your opinions matter, and we thank you in advance for filling out our SURVEY!
PRFSA Seminar & AGM
Our Seminar and AGM was hosted in person at the Pomeroy Inn, Fort St John, BC and streamed virtually. All the presentations were recorded and will be available on our YouTube channel shortly. We will post a link once they are available.
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.
Forage U-Pick, launching June 8th, can be found on the SFC website www.saskforage.ca and at www.upick.beefresearch.ca.
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 2019! This cross commodity project (Grain Producers, Forage Seed and Cattlemen) is coordinated by Julie Robinson & 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 blog to stay current!