On one site we looked at Establishment of cicer milk vetch using bale grazing.

On July 8th 2015 we met at Val and Rod Petrie's farm to look at some interesting sites. One site was an ADOPT project looking at Establishment of cicer milk vetch using bale grazing.

 

On the other site we examined what impact bale grazing can have during a dry year.

Green areas of bale grazing on light soil (Sandy Loam).  Bales were placed here seven years ago. We also looked at various weeds and discussed control of them as we went along.

No formal data was ever collected at this site. However, a more formal demonstration was done at Leam Craig's site. This will give you what to expect on a similar site. If you have questions regarding these documents call Glenn at 306-831-6009.

Note the lush green brome grass plants growing on light soil where there was very little rainfall.

We also looked at various weeds and discussed control of them as we went along.

 

Bale grazing impact.

Val is standing in an area where there was no bale.

 

Results: volume and colour difference.

volume and colour difference between grass from the bale grazed area to the non-bale grazed area.

 

Results of bale grazing impact.

Val Petrie is standing in an area where no bales were placed.

 

Results of bale grazing impact.

Picture was taken Sept 23rd 2015.

 

2015 Rainfall totals for these bale grazing sites:
May = 0 inches
June 1st to July 8th (tour date) = 1.05 inches
July 9th to July 31st = 3.8 inches
August = 1.95 inches
Sept 1st to Sept 23rd (pictures taken) = 2.45 inches
From the July 8th tour until the Sept 23rd visit. = 8.20 inches of rain fell