The Agronomists, Ep 72: Christine O’Reilly and Andre Bonneau on forage management

It’s time to speak about one in every of host Lyndsey Smith’s favorite subjects on The Agronomists. What is it, you ask?

If you guessed forages, you’ll be appropriate!

Today’s present, that includes Christine O’Reilly, grazing and forage specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and Andre Bonneau, vary management specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, dives into all issues forage management.

Tonights episode of The Agronomists is dropped at you by ADAMA Canada, the Pest & Predators podcast, and the Mind Your Farm Business podcast.


  • Keep dodging the rain to get that crop in
  • 2:1 pasture to hay in Saskatchewan proper now
  • Rain makes everybody rancher!
  • Alfalfa being behind the grass maturity-wise is regular
  • Even although Lyndsey doesn’t like timothy, it has its place, and its market. Very vital for non-ruminants
  • Does hay nonetheless battle for the management greenback? It appears to essentially rely. There’s much more curiosity
  • We don’t all the time see the identical degree of crop management in our ruminant components

CLIP 1: Beef Research School: Managing pasture fertility w/ bale grazing, pasture rotation, and extra

  • Quite a bit extra baling grazing in Saskatchewan yearly
  • They bale graze in Ontario, too!
  • With bale grazing, you’re typically getting some added nutrient matter
  • A forage crop has unbelievable nutrient calls for
  • So a lot potassium is coming off
  • We need to watch out about spreading weeds via bales shifting round

CLIP 2: 4 methods to increase the grazing season in Ontario

  • The adoption of canopy crops have modified this as effectively
  • The ratio of pasture prices to hay nonetheless rings true — take a look at the video ab0ve for extra
  • You have to recollect yardage and harvest prices when factoring this in as effectively
  • Very usually we’ve got a tough time with a nitrogen credit score for a canopy crop, particularly if it’s a legume
  • Frames of reference are huge once we are contemplating complete N wanted for corn grazing. Yield potential, CHU, all the above
  • Most individuals who begin off with corn grazing, proceed. It will be costly, so ask round first
  • Swath grazing appears to be decrease when the value of oats and barley is up
  • Graze later within the yr to deal with weed seeds
  • If you’re fearful about compaction with livestock, livestock compaction won’t impression your subject like gear compaction
  • Pastures are by no means boring!

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