Just Farmers

Just Farmers - an informal Agricultural Newsletter from the Bulkley Valley  To request a free email subscription to the Just Farmers Newsletter, please email cgesch63@gmail.com and include your farm's location.

June 2015

  • Growing alfalfa in the Bulkley Valley
  • Forage plots
  • A mixed livestock farm
  • Beltsville Small White Turkey

January 2015

  • The Smithers Farmers' Institute Ag Conference Feb. 20 & 21, 2015
  • BC Forage Council's Vanderhoof Forage Seminar Report - Here are Chris Yates’ Top insights from Dr. Undersander’s presentations.
    • Relative Feed Value (RFV) indicator on forage analysis tests is relevant only for alfalfa. To know how your mixed forage measures up, ask for a Relative Feed Quality (RFQ) result which takes into account Protein, Fat, Fatty Acid, ADF, NDF and NDF Digestibility.
    • Digestibility is the most important component of feed because quality impacts weight gain and general performance. Requirements vary from beef to dairy and from cows to calves.
    • Soil, seed, seeding, harvesting, storing and feeding all influence the quality of your feed, therefore the condition of your livestock.
    • Alfalfa should be seeded at 12 pounds per acre at a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Seeding too deep will reduce the catch.
    • Soil pH should be 6.8, otherwise lime should be applied. Low soil pH and loose soil (low seed/soil contact) will add to the likelihood of seeding failure. 

December 2014

  • Making a living on 20 acres in Newfoundland
  • Growing Grain in Newfoundland
  • Visit to a St. John's Farmers' Market
  • Figuring out Growing Degree Daus
  • Weeding grain with Lely Machine

November 2014

  • Palmer amaranth
  • Tillage Radishes
  • Through the good graces of the B.C. Forage Council and Dr. Surya Acharya and other agriculturalists, the Bulkley Valley will be able to hold some small-scale forage trials of six different legumes in 2015.  Our agronomist, John Stevenson, has been advocating research into forages that may help us with local conditions that may be changing with our climate.  Now we will be able to try out small quantities of the following seeds:  two varieties of sainfoin, two of cicer milkvetch, and two alfalfa varieties. John Stevenson is organizing one or two trial sites and Curt Gesch (Eskerhazy Farm) the other.