C. Berthélémé1, A. Smith2, L. Nason2 and W. Brown3
(Partner: New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association)
Abstract:The New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association have taken on a leadership role in funding forage management trials in partnership with the NBDARD through the Strategic Partnership Development Fund. In trials established in 1997, the following three crops provided the highest D.M. yield in both the Bathurst and Sussex sites: Annual Ryegrass"Aubade" (5250, 3937kg/ha), Barley-Ann.Ryegrass-Alsike clover (4866, 3272kg/ha), Oats-Ann. Ryegrass- Alsike Clover (4664, 3152 kg/ha) respectively. Those top yielding crops were very consistent in both sites. Contrary to the 1996 findings, the Japanese Millet produced very poorly with a yield of (2580-1962 kg/ha) in Bathurst and Sussex. At a same cutting date, the pure stand of oats yielded better than the stand of barley (3397 versus 2863 kg/ha) in Bathurst and (2033 versus 1651 kg/ha) in Sussex. The oats also produced more protein per hectares than the barley.
1Regional Office, NBDARD, Bathurst, NB E2A 1S7
2Livestock & Livestock Feed Branch, NBDARD, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
3Regional Office, NBDARD, Sussex, NB E4E 7H7