Forage establishment, under normal conditions, can and does present a number of challenges. Because we are dealing with a very small seed and the uncertainty of the environment ,even when you do everything right, the outcome can vary greatly.
2011 has presented forage producers in Manitoba with a major challenge for 2012. It has been estimated that some 200,000 acres of forage has been damaged due to excess flooding during the spring and summer of 2011. These hayfields and pastures will, over the next year or so, need to be restored to a productive state to provide forage for Manitoba's livestock industry.
In an effort to provide producers with information that they may need to meet this challenge, the Manitoba Forage Council with assistance from Fraser Stewart prepared and presented information on Forage Restoration at the five provincial Beef and Forage meetings this past winter.