Resilient forage lines and pollinator mixes on offer for 2019


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Dairy and cattle producers need high palatability and digestibility in the forage ration for top production, but it’s also very important that forages persist and thrive even after tough Canadian winters.

For 2019, Nutrien Ag Solutions is offering two new alfalfa lines —Halo 2 and PV Parlour HG — that fit the bill. Sheldon Hains, forage product line manager for Nutrien Ag Solutions, says that these two new alfalfa varieties offer peak quality with added winter survivability.

What’s more, farmers and ranchers looking for a winter hardy grass can put the call in for Blizzard Orchardgrass, also available for the first time in 2019.

Hains adds that Nutrien Ag Solutions is also offering pollinator habitat establishment mixes to suit whatever farmers are looking to accomplish with their land base. “Whether it’s annual or a perennial establishment, we have a pollinator mix that will work. The key is the mix of species in the mix, so there’s always something flowering to support the pollinators,” Hains says.

Farmers and ranchers looking to seed down areas should also check with their local Nutrien Ag Solutions retail about possible cash incentives available through a partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada. “Farmers may be eligible for up to $100 per bag of seed in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and up to $90 per acre in Manitoba in,” Hains says.

For more information on all forage lines available, get a copy of the new 2019 forage guide at your local Nutrien Ag Solutions retail starting in November, or visit

Hear more from Sheldon Hains in this RealAg Radio segment with host Lyndsey Smith:


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