Location: Val and Rod Petrie’s

Cicer Milkvetch seeds were broadcast onto the site on October 27, 2009 using a Valmar spreader, model 245. The lowest rate the Valmar spreader was able to seed was 5.8 lb/ac. Treatment 1’s actual seeding rate was 6.8lbs/ac (1X), treatment 2 was 12.5lbs/ac. (2X), and treatment 3 was 18.5lbs/ac (3X). Recommended seeding rate is 6 lbs/ac. The site had been an old stand of Smooth Brome Alfalfa. The stand consisted of about 60% Brome, 3% Alfalfa, 10 % Pasture Sage, 2% Crested Wheatgrass , 5% Red Fescue, and 5% bare ground. The soil on the site is sandy - rated as Asquith Sandy Loam to Loamy Sand.

In November 2009, hay and greenfeed bales were placed on the site spaced at the recommended spacing of 25 bales per acre or 40 feet apart on centre. Due to extremely dry conditions in the spring of 2009 there was little hay available so the producer substituted greenfeed into the feeding program.

In the 2010 season the site was not grazed until late fall. Unusually high rainfall was received during the 2010 growing season. Due to the tall growth on the site two strips were cut across the treatments with a swather to open up the canopy. In 2011 Cicer Milkvetch plant counts were done on June 28, 2011.



Final Report:

"Establishing Cicer Milkvetch Using Trampling from Bale Grazing."

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Plant count results are summarized below:

Treatment Location Seedling Range Cicer Plants /m2 Seedling Average Cicer Plants/m2
6.8 lbs/ac
Between Bales 0-12 3.8
Bale Periphery 0-3 1.2
Center of Bale 0 0
12.5 lbs/ac
Between Bales 3-7 4.8
Bale Periphery 0-3 1.4
Center of Bale 0 0
18.5 lbs/ac
Between Bales 1-9 3.6
Bale Periphery 1-12 4.2
Center of Bale 0 0
"A comparison of Cicer Milkvetch Establishment Using Herbicide and Tillage Methods."

Another ADOPT project which loked at establishing cicer milkvetch using three different establishment methods.

This Adopt project was also conducted at two other locations in the Medstead and Estevan areas. Results were disappointing at both sites.

Plot Plan:

Site before bale grazing:

Bale Grazing:

Cicer Milk Vetch Plant: