Marginal or unproductive land can be a common issue for many farmers.
Pioneer Co-op Agronomist Ken Wall told producers at a Forage Workshop that seeding forages on the land could be a good option.
“Most farmers have parts or some acres on their farm which are not productive or they're having a difficult time making a profit as a result of either salinity or erodible soils.”
He told producers during a Forage workshop that when it comes to seeding forages they should consider doing it in early spring.
“I would look at seeding probably the end of April, or the beginning of May. I realize oftentimes farmers want to do their annual cropping first, but my argument for seeding earlier is your doing this probably once every five or more years. So, let’s do it right and let’s make sure we get the best chance at establishment.”
He notes there are funding options available under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program for producers looking at seeding marginal cropland to forage.
Producers taking part in the Workshop also got information on Cattle Nutrition and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Forage Research.