Farmers and ranchers in the Central and Northern Interior of BC identified the need to assess innovative pasture rejuvenation practices as a key research gap. There was specific interesting in looking at new approaches to no-till rejuvenation, to evaluate new seeding equipment and management approaches that would build soil health and increase pasture productivity.
Four research demonstration sites were selected, and farm partners designed their own research plot based on their operation’s goal, assets and questions. Farm partners include:
- Goddards Farm and Market (Pineview, Prince George, BC)
- Australian Ranch Ltd (Australian, BC)
- D & S Zirnhelt Ranch (Beaver Valley, BC)
- Chilancoh Ranch Ltd (Redstone, BC)
Funding for this project has been provided in part by the Northern Development Initiative Trust, the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association, the BC Forage Council and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Funding is administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC and the BC Agricultural Research and Development Corporation. This project is part of the Farm Adaptation Innovator Program delivered by the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative.
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Year One Report (Will be posted in April 2020)
Field Days were hosted at two of the research plots in the fall of 2019, sharing preliminary results of the research to regional producers.
More than 60 people attended a Field Day at D&S Zirnhelt Ranch at the end of August (an event that coordinated with another BCFC project on demonstration research, in collaboration with the TRU Applied Sustainable Ranching Program).
More than 40 producers attended the Pasture Walk at the Australian Ranch mid-September. Preliminary Year 1 results were shared, and producers also got to explore other on-farm research projects.