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Foraging for safer practices in NL


June 27, 2011
By The Telegram

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June 21, 2011, St. John’s,
NL – In a huge field behind the Atlantic Cool Climate Crop Research Centre,
tall blades of brome grass wave gently in the breeze, brushing against leafy,
aromatic alfalfa and tufts of timothy hay.
June 21, 2011, St. John’s,
NL – In a huge field behind the Atlantic Cool Climate Crop Research Centre,
tall blades of brome grass wave gently in the breeze, brushing against leafy,
aromatic alfalfa and tufts of timothy hay. 

While still in the growing
stages, the forage crops are getting essential nutrients from the very animals
they will soon feed. Manure collected from a nearby dairy farm is being used as
a natural fertilizer.

Gary Bishop, an
agricultural systems engineer with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, is
overseeing a research project at the centre, part of a bigger project involving
the Atlantic provinces. When completed, it will give farmers more precise
information on how to fertilize with manure, while protecting the quality of
water in streams, rivers and underground water tables from bacterial
contamination.

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