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Update to Manure Spreading Advisory #2 2015: South Coast Region

Manure applications have an overall positive effect on soil biology. Many of the same creatures that live in soil can be found in manure: shredders (arthropods), decomposers (bacteria and fungi), and grazers and predators (nematodes and protozoa). With excessive applications of liquid manure, there can be negative effects on soil biology: increased saturation of the soil, creating anaerobic conditions that increase rates of greenhouse gas emissions (nitrous oxide and methane), and decreasing soil life.

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WEBINAR: Modern Nutrient Management in Forages

Webinar for the beef industry, April 8, 2015
Shabtai Bittman and Derek Hunt
AAFC, Pacific Agri-food Research Centre, Agassiz. BC

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The Western Forage Testing System Report 2014

The Western Forage Testing System (WFTEST) was developed in 1994 to coordinate the testing for registration and performance of forage cultivars across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The goals of this system are:

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Double Cropping Fall Rye for Extra Forage

Fall rye prevents erosion and gives good weed suppression. Rye is very cold tolerant, the hardiest and most disease resistant of the winter cereals. Fall rye has an extensive fibrous root system, can scavenge nitrogen very effectively, and utilizes early spring moisture for rapid growth. Fall rye is faster growing and earlier maturing in the spring than the other winter cereals, including wheat, barley and triticale. This enables an earlier forage harvest and more “double crop” options. Fall rye grows well on lighter and low pH soils, but does not do well on poorly drained, heavier soils. Forage rye is higher yielding, but not as palatable as winter wheat. Rye matures rapidly at the flag-leaf, boot and early-heading stages, with significant reductions in forage quality. This can create the challenge of a very narrow harvest window, particularly if there are rain delays.

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Italian Ryegrass

Italian ryegrass can produce very high quality, leafy, palatable forage suitable for high producing dairy cows. As a cool-season bunch grass, it is best adapted to cool, moist conditions. It does not grow as well in hot, dry summer weather. In Ontario it has been seeded in early spring (April, early-May) for harvesting that year. More recently, it has been seeded in August for harvest in late-fall and then again during the following year. This can provide an excellent double-crop option, but the risk of winterkill must be managed.

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Forage Chicory

Forage chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) is a perennial plant that is suited to well-drained or moderately drained soils with medium- to high-fertility levels and a pH of 5.5 or greater. Chicory produces leafy growth that is higher in nutritive and mineral content (if managed properly) than is produced by alfalfa or cool season grasses. It has a relatively deep taproot that provides for tolerance to drought conditions.

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How to Conduct Your Own On-Farm Research

Farmers and ranchers seeking to cut production costs or improve their stewardship of natural resources often experiment with new methods. Devising and carrying out research tests with an organized design can bring reliable, valuable answers to some of your most pressing production questions. This bulletin describes how to conduct research at the farm level, with practical tips for crop and livestock producers as well as a comprehensive list of more in-depth resources.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #2 for 2015: South Coast Region

Well-planned manure applications are acceptable on most fields that are seeded, will be seeded within two weeks, or have well-established grasses. Do not apply manure prior to significant rain events to avoid nutrient runoff and leaching. Please check your local weather forecast and see the next page for more information. Avoid manure applications on wet areas or saturated soils. Some fields will dry more quickly than others. Please continue to check you have enough manure storage to hold the average expected precipitation plus any excessive precipitation. Please read the entire advisory for details and important information to assist in the decision-making process for manure application(s) and storage.

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International Year of Soils

2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils by the 68th UN General Assembly. The key objective is to increase public awareness of soil's importance for food security and essential ecosystem functions.

Canadian Society of Soil Science celebrates the 2015 International Year of Soils.

Provincial Soil Organizations

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Planning for Pollinator Conservation on the West Coast

A One Day Workshop On Planning for Pollinator Conservation on the West Coast  - A Hands-on Participative Workshop Sunday, July 19.
Read about the importance of this new technology to create The New Pollination Story on the west coast and how we are poised to have it succeed.

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