The Battle River Research Association (BRRG) came into existence after the amalgamation of the Battle River Forage Association and the Battle River Applied Research Association in 1993. We are located in Forestburg, Alberta, allowing us to easily serve the east-central region of Alberta.
Area We Serve
The area served by the Battle River Research Group is a transition zone between the Aspen Parkland ecoregion to the north and the Moist Mixed Grassland to the south. The Aspen Parkland is characterized by fertile Black Chernozemic soils; with short warm summer, continuous snow cover throughout winter and moderate annual precipitation. (400-500mm). The Moist Mixed Grassland is characterized by Dark Brown Chernozemic or Solonetzic soils, and has semi-arid moisture conditions with annual precip. of 350-400mm.
We are proud to serve the counties of Paintearth, Stettler, Camrose, Beaver and Flagstaff where our office is located.
Helping our Producers
The Battle River Research Group has three programs to help serve the local producer. Our Field Crops Program does numerous applied research trials yearly. These include small plot trials like variety trials to larger field scale trials. The field crop program focuses on cereals, oil seeds and pulse crops that can be grown in east-central Alberta. We also showcase best management practices (BMP) throughout the year with various extension events. Our Forage and Livestock program consists of applied research trials focusing on feed stuffs, demonstrations projects that showcase BMP’s as well as other topics related to forage and livestock. The Extension & Environmental Program plans extension events, from small local events to larger events like the Grazing School For Women or the Western Canadian Soil Health & Grazing Conference. The environmental program focuses on reducing the impact that agriculture has on the environment and uses applied research, demonstration projects and extension events to help achieve our goal. We also assist producers with Environmental Farm Plans and provide information on the new CAP Funding.