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WE KNOW FORAGES

Forage is the foundation of BrettYoung. It was our primary business for many decades and is still at the core of who we are today. We access forage seed genetics from industry-leading Breeders across Canada, the United States and from around the world. These relationships, which have been built over decades of forage experience, allow us to select only the best genetic material and bring only top performing products to market. 

Our team of Seed Production Specialists partner with skilled Canadian growers to produce the highest quality forage seeds. Western Canada is known for its pure and carefully-protected production region, so you can feel confident in the varietal integrity of our seed.

Growers deliver the seed to our in-house facilities for processing further insuring traceability. When received our on-site Seed Analysts test the seed for purity and germination in our accredited seed lab. The seed that meets our highest standards receives a traceability record, and then is packaged for sale into Western Canada and distributed around the world.

It’s not the easy way to produce forage seed - the easy way would have fewer quality checks and would leave the work to outside contractors. But that’s not how you put piece of mind in a bag. When your dedicated to running a high-quality beef or dairy operation, you need to know the people behind your forage seed are just as dedicated as you.

STOCK BLEND SELECTOR TOOL

BrettYoung has carefully crafted its stock blends to provide a high level of productivity over a wide range of environments and uses in Western Canada. Not sure what Stock Blend is best suited to your soil, environment and management system. Follow our selector below to find a forage product tailored to your farm.

Stock Blend Selector

2021 Forage Guide

Recent BY PLUS notes

Spring Inoculant Handling Reminder

Posted: May 05, 2021

Spring can be a hectic time where plans change by the minute.  Make sure to take care of your inoculants by storing them where they are away from direct sunlight and freezing temperatures, and remember to keep inoculated seed out of direct sunlight by tarping your trucks or parking them out of the sun.

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Do You Know the Best Seeding Rate for Your Forage Stand?

Posted: Apr 23, 2021

Benefits to Seeding at a Proper Rate

Forage seed varies by size and weight, just like any other seed does as you move between different crop type and species. And like any other crop, there are benefits to making sure that you are planting the right amount of seeds per square foot in the spring. Choosing the right rate can mean less competition from weeds and better yield, or even less disease and better persistence.

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How Will a Drier Spring Impact Your Canola Seed Emergence?

Posted: Apr 23, 2021

Consider Seeding Depth, Soil Moisture and Soil Temperature 

Across the Canadian Prairies, soil moisture reserves are much lower than normal, thanks to a drier autumn and less snowfall than usual this past winter.

You may be tempted to seed deeper to find moisture, especially if you’re seeding into ground that’s extremely dry. But as agronomists like Justine Cornelsen will tell you, if you’re betting on this high risk/reward strategy to pay off with a bumper crop this season, the odds are stacked against you.

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