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.
VisitthenewForageSpeciesPageformoreinformation includingmixturesvspurestands,management considerations,andanoverviewofCanadianforage breedingprograms.