New web­page fea­tures for­age species

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Many fac­tors must be con­sid­ered when mak­ing a for­age se­lec­tion. Stand mix­tures should be ap­pro­pri­ate for the soil, ac­cli­ma­tized to the re­gion, and be able to with­stand man­age­ment in­ten­tions and pres­sures (i.e., hay­ing/graz­ing). When match­ing for­age species to the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the soil, con­sider drainage, fer­til­ity, and pH. Soil maps and in­for­ma­tion that de­scribe the lim­i­ta­tions of a par­tic­u­lar soil type are help­ful, es­pe­cially for land that has not been pre­vi­ously man­aged.

The newly re­leased in­ter­ac­tive For­age Species Se­lec­tion

Tool (For­age U-Pick) for West­ern Canada is avail­able to as­sist land man­agers in se­lect­ing the cor­rect for­age species best suited to their cli­mate, soil con­di­tions and man­age­ment goals. De­tailed species in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing longevity, use, yield, nu­tri­tional qual­ity, tol­er­ance, and har­di­ness, are in­cluded as well as pic­tures at var­i­ous stages of growth. Seed­ing rate and seed cost cal­cu­la­tors plus in­for­ma­tion about weeds are in­te­grated within the tool as well.

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