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Forage U-Pick Selection Tool

Saskatchewan Forage Council

Shannon McArton

April 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020

Goal: Biodiversity, Financial Viability

Audience: Cow-Calf, Institutions/Academics

Project Type: Promote


Forage U-Pick is a new, user-friendly, interactive forage species selection tool for Western Canada. This tool is designed to provide users with information for forage selection, forage seeding rates, and weed management. Forage U-Pick is an intuitive and easy-to-use platform: Forages Suited to My Field allows users to choose their province, soil zone or a regional zone and provides a list of forage species that are suited to the selected zone. The seeding rate calculator is used once users have selected the forages they want to seed, ensuring that the right amount of seed is put into the ground to have the best possible chance for a good stand.

The U-Pick suite of seeding options includes a number of native species, across the western provinces. The tool is intended to be a resource for new plantings, more than improvement of current stands. Criteria for the inclusion of native species emphasizes the variety’s ability to successfully establish from seed. Some native varieties were not included in specific areas if they were determined to be too difficult to establish.

The Forage Weed Management area of the tool touches on how the economic success in forages can increase with proper weed control. The Forage U-Pick project was supported by more than a dozen organizations, across four provinces, through contributions of time and expertise. This project is a testament to the commitment of professionals in the field of forages to improving the economics and production on-farm with producers.

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