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On its next Sustainable Forages Webinar/Podcast on Tuesday, May 9 at 7p.m., the Alberta Forage Industry Network (AFIN) board of directors is pleased to announce Dr. Edward Bork will be on hand to discuss Integrating herbicides, fertilization and rotational grazing for weed management in pastures.

Pasture weeds can markedly reduce forage quantity and availability, and are often a function of grazing practices. Understanding the options available to achieve weed control in grazed land is important, and often includes the integration of different management tools, such as herbicides, managing pasture fertility, and the deliberate use of rotational grazing to directly and indirectly control unpalatable weeds. This seminar will review nearly 20 years of research into the control of Canada thistle on pasture in central Alberta, including integrated weed control.  Participation in the webinar is free.

Edward Bork is the Mattheis Chair in Rangeland Ecology in Management, and Director of the Rangeland Research Institute at the University of Alberta. He has been teaching and conducting research for more than 25 years on basic and applied topics, including integrated weed control, grazing systems, fire ecology, forage production, agro-forestry, and recently, the role of rangelands in providing alternative ecosystem goods and services, including carbon storage, greenhouse gas reduction and biodiversity retention. He has supervised 48 graduate students, including 11 PhD students. Dr. Bork maintains close ties with the agriculture industry, and has given numerous extension talks.

AFIN’s Sustainable Forages Webinar/Podcast is a series of informative and engaging conversations about sustainable forage production and management practices. Each episode features experts and innovators in the field discussing a range of topics, including soil health, grazing management, and the latest research on forage crops. Whether you’re a farmer, rancher, or just interested in sustainable agriculture, this podcast is a valuable resource for anyone looking to learn more about the importance of forages in a sustainable food system.

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