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ADOPT Projects - VRA and Aerial Forage Seeding

The AWSA will be administering two Ministry of Agriculture-funded ADOPT projects in 2011. The Agricultural Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) program is a Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture initiative. The goal is to increase the transfer of knowledge into useable farming practices. The ADOPT program, which is part of the Growing Forward Policy Framework, will support producer-led regional demonstration projects to evaluate new ideas and technologies that may be beneficial to Saskatchewan farming systems.
 
 
 
The first project is entitled "Increasing Crop Productivity and Economics Through the Use of Variable Rate Fertilizer Application".
The objective of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness Variable Rate Application (VRA) of fertilizer has on the productivity of wheat and Roundup Ready canola in the East-Central Parkland Area. It has been reported that by using VRA, a producer can expect to get an average 10-23% yield increase for wheat and a 10-15% increase for canola. VRA agriculture is an agricultural method not commonly practiced amongst Saskatchewan crop producers. It’s estimated that less than 1% of producers in the Assiniboine River Watershed are currently implementing VRA agriculture on their farms, even though many producers have the equipment capabilities to do so.

 SEE THE ATTACHMENT BELOW FOR A FULL PROJECT RESULTS VRA INFO BOOKLET

 

 
 
 

The second project is entitled "Aerial Seeding Forages as an Alternative to Conventional Seeding During Extreme Moisture Conditions".

Saskatchewan experienced one of the wettest years in recorded history in 2010. Extreme spring and summer precipitation took a heavy toll on a large percentage of the agricultural community across the province. Many farmers were unable to get onto their fields to seed, thousands of acres were fertilized and never seeded, and those that did manage to get seed into the ground were faced with a variety of risks such as getting equipment stuck, damaging their fields with deep ruts, or having their crops drown out at a later date. The extremely wet soil conditions are predicted to continue into 2011, which may greatly limit the seeding of annual crops. Aerial seeding of forages may present an option to utilize the land base rather than leaving it idle, providing an alternative revenue source for the producer. The forages will also contribute to the draw-down of soil moisture content and help alleviate fluvial erosion issues. The forage provides the producer with the option of grazing the land, cutting hay, or using the forage as a plow-down fertilizer.
SEE THE ATTACHMENT BELOW FOR FULL PROJECT RESULTS 
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J Nielsen,
Nov 23, 2012, 12:14 PM
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J Nielsen,
Nov 23, 2012, 12:14 PM
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