PRFSA Research Projects
  • Weigh wagon in action! (2015) Weigh wagon in action! (2015)
  • Herman Klassen combining nitrogen fertility trial 2015 Herman Klassen combining nitrogen fertility trial 2015
  • BCGPA seeding grass seed trials 2009 BCGPA seeding grass seed trials 2009
  • Alex Strasky harvesting fescue Alex Strasky harvesting fescue
  • Sandra Burton checking cages in Wildlife Damage Study Winter 2011 Sandra Burton checking cages in Wildlife Damage Study Winter 2011
  • Wildlife Damage Study 2011 Wildlife Damage Study 2011
  • Entomology lab at Beaverlodge Research Farm Entomology lab at Beaverlodge Research Farm
  • Arlan Benn & Kari Bondaroll identifying weeds May 2015 Arlan Benn & Kari Bondaroll identifying weeds May 2015
  • BC Pest contractor Arlan Benn checking traps May 2015 BC Pest contractor Arlan Benn checking traps May 2015


Forage Seed Variety Trials

For many years, Beaverlodge was part of a network of sites across Western Canada. Seed companies enter grass cultivars into the trials for a fee. The main objective of these trials was to determine the seed production potential and adaptability of grass varieties for contract seed production for the domestic and export market. All attempts have been made to ensure the success of these trials. However, at times weather and environmental conditions may adversely affect the yield results regardless of the management practices followed.

Initially in the mid 1990's, Henry Najda (Grass Seed and Forage Specialist, AAF, Brooks, AB) took the lead and compiled all the data and reports from the grass seed trials conducted under the Western Grass Seed Testing Program (WGST) up until 2006. This data is available on this page or through links to the Alberta Agriculture's Ropin the Web site. Then in 2007, the Peace Region Forage Seed Association took on the responsibility of coordinating and reporting on the WGST, and this arrangement continued until 2012.

In 2012, Rahman Azooz (Forage Seed Technician, AAFC, Beaverlodge, AB) took the lead to transition the grass seed testing trials to Peace Region based trials with the Beaverlodge Research Station as the main focus site. Dr. Nitya and Rahman are now compiling the data and reports for the forage seed variety trials.

For more information contact:
Talon Gauthier, Coordinator, PRFSA by email: coordinator@peaceforageseed.ca
OR Dr. Nityananda Khanal, Forage Scientist, AAFC by email: Nityananda.Khanal@AGR.GC.CA

To enter varieties into the 2017 Trials please fill out the following protocol and email to the above contacts.

Peace Region Grass Seed Testing Program Report
PRGST 2016 Report

Peace Region (Western Canadian) Grass Seed Testing Program Reports

• PRGST 2015 Report
• PRGST 2014 Report
• PRGST 2013 Report
• PRGST 2012 Report
• WGST 2011 Report
• WGST 2010 Report
WGST 2009 Report
• WGST 2008 Report

• WGST 2007 Report
• WGST 2006 Report
• WGST 2005 Report

• WGST 2004 Report

• WGST 2003 Report

• WGST 2002 Report

• WGST 2001 Report
• WGST 2000 Report

More Variety Information:
2014 Seed Yield Data from Grass Seed Trials at Beaverlodge Research Station
Seed Head #5: Bromegrass Yields in the Peace Region
Seed Yield Performance of Oracle Creeping Red Fescue December 2006

Fertility and Crop Establishment Trials

Fertility
• Comparison of Nitrogen Timing, Rate & Source in Creeping Red Fescue Seed Production
Variety Specific Management for Seed Production of Creeping Red Fescue
Use of Calcium Ammonium Nitrate for Fertilizing Smooth Bromegrass and Timothy Seed Stands
• Nitrogen Fertility for Seed Production of Creeping Red Fescure
Nitrogen Fertility for Seed Production of Tall Fescue
Fertilizer management for seed production of perennial forages in Saskatchewan
Effect of fertilizer on seed yield of alfalfa under irrigation in Saskatchewan

Crop Establishment
• Plant Spacing for Seed Production of Creeping Red Fescure
• Plant Spacing for Seed Production of Tall Fescue
• Sowing Rate for Seed Crops of Perennial Ryegrass


Weed Control and Herbicide Tolerance Trials
Fall Applications of Herbicides on Creeping Red Fescue Seed Fields for Control of Group 2 Resistant Narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard
Narrow-leaved Hawks'beard Group 2 Resistance: Greenhouse Trials
• Fall Herbicide Application for Effective Control of Problem Perennial Weeds in Grass Seed Crops
• Tolerance of Established Alsike Clover Seed Crops to Viper and Solo
• Tolerance of Fine Leaved Fescues to Herbicide (1997 - 2000)
• Spring Applied Herbicides on Creeping Red Fescue (2006)
• Northern Research Group News Fertilizing Grasses for Seed Production
• Tolerance of Seedling Creeping Red Fescue Seeded with Canola to Roundup
• Optimal Weed Management in Timothy, Meadow Bromegrass and Hybrid Bromegrass Grown for Seed and Timothy Export Hay Market

Growth Regulators


Insect and Disease Trials
• Field Crop and Forage Pests and their Natural Enemies in Western Canada – Identification and Management Field Guide
• Cutworms Update 2011

• Casebearer Larvae SARDA
• Clover Insect Pests - European Flare for Damage Poster
• Sex pheromone of female red clover casebearer Poster
• Casebearer Life Cycle
• Micro-leps causing mega-trouble: The trials, tribulations, challenges of a new pest

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network
The Insect Pest Monitory Network is a prairie-wide, coordinated insect monitoring program designed to keep the Canadian agriculture industry informed of the risks to crop production from pest species and to highlight and conserve their natural enemies. The Insect Pest Monitoring Network provides weekly risk warnings in map format and are accompanied by interpretive text for use by farmers, extension personnel, pesticide applicators and pesticide manufacturers. For more detail see recent press release.

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Updates:
Sign up at the PPMN Blog for weekly email updates!

BC Peace Pest Monitoring Project Updates:
June , 2017
June 22, 2017

Check here on how to identify grasshopper nymphs.
The 2014 Canola Survey is now available.

Post Harvest Management and Crop Rotation Trials
• Crop rotations with perennial forage seed crops: a beneficial low-cost option for the Peace Region
• Forage Based Rotations & the Impact on Seed Production of Annual & Perennial Crops
• Non-Tillage Removal of Creeping Red Fescue
• Urease Inhibitor Agrotain: Surface Applied Urea for Fescue
• Post Harvest Management of Creeping Red Fescue
• Variety Specific Management for Seed Production of Creeping Red Fescue

• Alsike Clover and Annual Crop Production
• Effect of Rolling Creeping Red Fescue Prior to Fall Glyphosate Applications
• Post Harvest Management of Grass Seed Crops


Response to Growers’ Issues
• Growth Regulator on Established Red & Alsike Clover Seed Fields in the Peace Region
Grass Seed Residues for Beef Cattle
• Wildlife Damage on Fescue Study

Literature Review - Effects of Grazing on Grass Seed Production
Wildlife Damage Study Final Report May 2012


Past Research Projects
• Western Canadian Grass Seed Testing Program
• Weed Control and Herbicide Tolerance Trials in Turf and Forage Seed Crops
• Herbicides Minor Use Registration Trials
• Stem Eyespot Control in Creeping Red Fescue
• Crop Rotation and Establishment Trials