Research - Industry Innovation

Research Programs and Trials


Click on a Program or Trial type below to view the additional information and results:

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
• Evaluation of Annual Legumes for Seed Production (2007 publication)

Fertility and Crop Establishment Trials

Fertility 
• Comparison of Nitrogen Timing, Rate & Source in Creeping Red Fescue Seed Production
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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
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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
• No-Till Establishment of Forage Crops into Grain Stubble (1995 Report)

Weed Control and Herbicide Tolerance Trials

Growth Regulators

Insect and Disease Trials

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.


Archived BC Pest Monitoring Updates

2015
• June 15, 2016
• June 5, 2015
 July 3, 2015

 

2014
 August 27, 2014
• August 20, 2014

• August 13, 2014

• August 5, 2014
• July 30, 2014
• July 16, 2014

• July 9, 2014

• July 2, 2014
• June 25, 2014
• June 18, 2014

• June 4, 2014

 

2013
• Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update - May 27 -31, 2013

2012
• Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update - July 21 -27, 2012
• Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update - July 7 -14, 2012

• Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update - June 22 - 29, 2012
• Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update - June 15 - 22, 2012

2011
• Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update - August 29 - September 2, 2011
 Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update - August 2 - 5, 2011 
 Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update - July 25 - 28, 2011
 Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update - July 4 - 8, 2011
 Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update - June 1 - 7, 2011
 Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update - May 30 - June 3, 2011
• Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update - May 24 - 27, 2011

 

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

Post Harvest Management and Crop Rotation Trials

Alfalfa Seed Production

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Response to Growers’ Issues

Past Research Projects