West-Central Forage Association

Projects & Programs



Projects & Programs 



As part of our commitment to serving the needs of producers throughout the region, and our members, we are asking for your feedback on our programming. We will be using any information gathered throughout this process to direct future programming at WCFA to ensure we continue to provide opportunities that are of relevance to you, our producers, industry partners and stakeholders.

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A variety trial on industrial hemp was started at our Brazeau County Forage Research site in 2017. Five varieties were tested using two different seeding method to determine the viability of hemp in the west-central region.

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WCFA and eight other research organizations across the province have been working on the Regional Silage Variety Trials since 2009 to provide variety performance data to producers and industry.

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In 2017 WCFA initiated a cover crop variety demonstration at both our Wildwood and Brazeau County Forage Research Sites. 11 different varieties were tested using two different seeding methods at each of the sites to determine viability in the region.

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Pollinator Mixes could have multiple benefits for ecosystem regeneration and need to be actively investigated for their potential in habitat development, soil enrichment and conservation of local biodiversity. Performance Seed, Lethbridge has developed Performa Pollinator Mix and WCFA trialed the mix at our two research sites in 2017.

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WCFA conducted a Corn Variety Trial in 2017 to evaluate the performance of several varieties and their potential in the west-central region of Alberta. Four varieties were tested at the Wildwood Forage Research Site for yield and quality.

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The Alberta EFP program is a voluntary, whole farm, self-assessment tool to help identify environmental risks and develop plans to mitigate identified risks. WCFA is committed to assisting producers in completing their EFPs.

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Growing Forward 2 is a federal-provincial-territorial partnership with a mandate to drive an innovative, competitive and profitable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) will be the new funding framework that will replace Growing Forward 2 in April, 2018. WCFA is happy to assist producers with funding applications to these programs.

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Canada thistle stem-mining weevils are an effective biological control agent for use in controlling Canada thistle, especially in ecologically sensitive areas. Each year WCFA distributes these agents to a number of producers throughout the province.

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Canada thistle stem-gall flies are an effective biological control agent for use in controlling Canada thistle, especially in ecologically sensitive areas. In 2017 WCFA began distributing of these agents to a number of producers throughout the province.

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This trial is intended to demonstrate the establishment in the first year and forage quality and yield in subsequent years. The Perennial Forage Trial is located at WCFA's Wildwood Forage Research Site (SE 27-53-09-W5) , as well as 7 other sites throughout the province.

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This five year demonstration trial will observe perennial forage species growth and assess soil quality when two different fertilizer products are applied: mechanical pulp mill sludge and dry fertilizer.

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Beginning in 2009, under the direction and management of WCFA, Alberta producers and specialists evaluated the suitability of triticale swath grazing in terms of nutrition, palatability, practicality and cost.

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This trial explored the agronomic and economic impacts of fall grazing through small plot studies in Alberta (one near Wildwood and two near Medicine Hat under irrigation) and field scale information from a local producer using the system.

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This series of 47 videos shares the personal perspectives and practices of ranchers across Alberta and how they have implemented management practices to reduce risk in winter grazing systems.

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With increasing interest in growing Sainfoin in the west-central region of the province, research to determine suitability in the gray wooded soil zone was needed. Beyond determining the suitability of this crop for this region, varieties were tested for yield and winter survivability from 2013 until 2016 to assess and compare the new and old sainfoin varieties.

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