Trial Design

DLF Pickseed research stations are home to the only proprietary, replicated forage trials in Canada. Each plot in a trial is three feet wide by seventeen feet long. Each plot represents 1/1000th of an acre. There are 4 randomized replications of all varieties within each trial.


DLF Pickseed tests against current products, competitor check and experimental varieties. Each trial runs for three production years. This rigorous testing gives an ability to identify varieties with superior yield, persistence, faster regrowth, exceptional forage quality and superior disease resistance using true head-to-head comparisons.


Legume trials are harvested three to four times per season. Grass trials are harvested two to three times per season at the appropriate maturities. We harvest using our RCI Engineering 36A forage harvesters.