Hay and high-quality grassland for grazing was hard to come by last year in some parts of Alberta but the answer for 2019 may be this year’s forage program from Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and Nutrien Ag SolutionsTM.
Available to farmers in Alberta, the DUC/Nutrien Ag SolutionsTM forage program offsets the cost of Proven® Seed forage varieties when producers convert cultivated land to hay or pastureland and receive a rebate of $100 per 50 lb. bag of forage seed. Similar offers are also available in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The response to this year’s forage program has been very positive for several reasons, says Craig Bishop, DUC’s regional forage lead.
“Highly productive hay and pastures are foundational to profitable and sustainable beef,” says Bishop. “With ever-changing pressures on the cattle sector, healthy forage is a staple for healthy herds and gains. Partnering with Nutrien Ag SolutionsTM, an industry leader, allows producers to reduce their risk by utilizing top-quality forage seed with extra monetary incentives to reduce costs. This is key, especially when every dollar counts to the bottom line for the farm and ranch community.”
In addition to helping cattle producers and their herds, more seeded forage acres benefits waterfowl. Research shows that waterfowl nesting success is significantly higher in areas of perennial cover or grasslands than in cultivated fields. It also helps with other conservation measures such as wetland restoration.
“The link between wetlands, associated grasslands and waterfowl productivity is well understood,” says Bishop. “Initiatives like the DUC/Nutrien Ag SolutionsTM forage program ensures that farmers also receive the benefit from increasing their forage base.”
The DUC/Nutrien Ag SolutionsTM forage program is best suited for producers in the parkland and prairie regions. Anyone interested in the program or who wants more information should contact their local Nutrien Ag SolutionsTM retailer, their local DUC conservation program specialist or Craig Bishop at 403 607 5805 or email email@example.com.