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25 Minutes to Improved Forage Management: The 2016 Forage Harvest Challenge

By: Rachel Turnquist, Regional Forage Specialist Moose Jaw

October 2016

What you can do in 25 minutes today?  Pick up the Saskatchewan Forage Harvest Challenge 2016 booklet from your nearest Ministry of Agriculture Regional Office or Peavey Mart.  The booklet contains information on producing and managing forages.  It is a good reference throughout the growing season for everything from establishment to harvest.  All of this information is packed in the handy pocket sized booklet that can be read in 20 minutes (or less). 

Add two more minutes to take the challenge and win.  The Saskatchewan Forage Challenge aims to raise awareness of the importance of feed testing.  The nutrient content of forages is highly variable.  Growing and harvesting good quality forage is the first step in meeting the nutritional demands of livestock.  Matching the nutrients supplied by the forage with the nutrients required by the animal is only possible if the nutrient content is known.  Feed testing forages can help manage the winter feeding period.  It can also prevent overfeeding, and more importantly, underfeeding of nutrients.

Do you have one more minute? Read the contest rules. 

  • Winners are selected through a random draw
  • Contact information and data will not be announced or used for any other purpose
  • Your name and town may be announced if you are a winner
  • The contest is only open to Saskatchewan producers
  • A copy of your feed test results must accompany each entry to be eligible.  More than one entry per operation is permitted.

Take two minutes to fill in all of the blanks on the entry form and submit it with a copy of your feed test by January 27, 2017 to the Agriculture Knowledge Centre, 45 Thatcher Drive East, Moose Jaw SK, S6J 1L8 or your nearest Regional Office. 

Prizes include eight $250 forage analysis vouchers from Central Testing Laboratory and a grand prize of $1000 in-store purchase from a Saskatchewan Peavey Mart location.  Industry partners for the Saskatchewan Forage Harvest Challenge include Saskatchewan Peavey Mart locations, Saskatchewan Forage Council, Central Testing Labs and Ducks Unlimited. 

As an added bonus, Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation recognizes the booklet as a method to record on-farm forage yields for forage insurance coverage.  There you have it, all that in 25 minutes!

For more information, contact your Regional Forage Specialist, or call the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457 2377.

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