Development of alternative, sustainable, reduced input strategies for crop and pest management and their impact on silage quality and feed value

Posted on 06.02.2017 | Last Modified 07.05.2019
Lead Researcher (PI): Kelly Turkington
Institution: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Total WGRF Funding: $58,275
Co-Funders: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Alberta Barley Commission
Start Date: 2013
Project Length: 5 Years

1. To determine and contrast the effects of monocultures, mixtures, intercropping and rotational diversity on crop health, disease levels, productivity and quality in a cereal silage production system. 2. To assess the impact of disease accumulation and disease avoidance management strategies on the ensiling properties and feed value of barley silage using laboratory techniques and using small ruminants.