West-Central Forage Association

Projects & Programs



Projects & Programs 



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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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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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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In 2017 WCFA initiated a cocktail crop 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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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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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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A two year field trial was conducted to demonstrate the potential of sainfoin in a high-legume pasture mix on a field scale level from 2016-2017. The goal was to provide cooperators experience with establishing a high legume pasture, and in grazing that pasture during the second year.

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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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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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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 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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