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Update on research provided at Experimental Farm field day

Nappan Experimental Farm researchers Yousef Papadopolous (far left) and John Duynisveld (right) provided field day goers with an update of the research that they are currently conducting. Despite federal government cuts, Papadopolous claims that the Experimental Farm still posseses the capacity to conduct meaningful research that will benefit local farmers.

NAPPAN-Seminars and a walk about around the spacious Experimental Farm’s six hundred acres (half dike land, half upland) where research is being conducted by John Duynisveld and Yousef Papadopolous took place on a cold Saturday.

Prior to venturing out into the cold, seminars on such topics as forage legume crops best practices and novel equipment for managing silage crops were presented indoors at the Experimental Farm. From there, researchers John Duynisveld and Yousef Papadopolous took field day goers across the road to view some of their experiments, providing them with an update on their research in the process.

In 2010, a study began at multiple sites across Canada, which included the Nappan Experimental Farm, which tested the performance of forage mixtures under grazing in different environments. Earlier this year, Nappan was selected as one of three Canadian sites where four complex pasture mixtures had been established.

From 2014 through 2016, the mixture’s performance and herbage quality will be evaluated at three N rates under rotational grazing, according to Focus on Research pamphlet that was published by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture.

“One-hundred per cent of the grain harvested re-seeded itself,” stated researcher Yousef Papadopolous who looks after the forage side of things at the farm. “Managing your fields will help keep money in your pockets,” he added.

“The news is good, despite cuts that have been made by the federal government,” stated Papadopolous. “We still have the capacity here (at the Experimental Farm), so we have to look at the glass as being half full and not half empty,” he added.

“Our research has shown some really good news on the forage side, which can be applied to both beef and sheep,” stated Experimental Farm researcher John Duynisveld who works on the beef side of things. “We have 100 cows and their calves. At any given time, there are 250 cattle at the Nappan Experimental Farm.”

Following their update, Papadopolous, Duynisveld took the field day goers back across the road to examine some of the Experimental Farm’s Alfafa treated grain.

In addition to the Nappan Experimental Farm’s field day, the Autumn Classic Shorthorn Sale was also held at the Maritime Beef Testing Station at 12:30 pm.

Organizations: Nappan Experimental Farm, Dalhousie University, Maritime Beef Testing Station

Geographic location: Canada

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