Forage Specific Varieties
DL GOLDEYE – Forage Pea
DL Goldeye is a new forage pea variety ideally suited for use in forage blends, cover crop blends and for organic plowdown purposes. We selected DL Goldeye looking specifically for a forage pea variety that could offer the vigor and biomass of traditional forage pea lines but avoid the severe lodging and poor disease performance common to other lines. DL Goldeye is a black hilum yellow pea with small seed size allowing for reduced seed rates. This line is ideally suited to companion seeding with our forage oat CDC Haymaker or our forage barley CDC Maverick to produce a high volume, high nutrition annual forage for greenfeed, baleage, silage and swath grazing applications. A major advantage of DL Goldeye is the 2-4 day earlier maturity versus other forage pea lines. While other forage pea lines are barely producing pods when the annual cereal in a blend is ready to cut, DL Goldeye has fully formed pods with developing seeds to contribute tonnage and feed value to the forage blend. For easy establishment of annual forage we can offer DL Goldeye ready to seed with liquid inoculant applied at pick up to seed in one pass with one of our forage cereal varieties by running them in separate tanks of an air seeder.
CDC HAYMAKER – Forage Oat
CDC Haymaker is a forage oat line that offers a BIG biomass advantage in the field vs normal milling oat varieties. CDC Haymaker produces huge leaves and thick stems to deliver impressive forage tonnage. Growers have been finding success with CDC Haymaker in greenfeed, silage, and swath grazing applications both grown alone or in a forage blend. Our new forage pea line DL Goldeye makes an excellent pairing with CDC Haymaker for planting an oat/pea forage blend.
CDC Maverick is a 2 row, smooth awned forage barley with CDC Cowboy parentage. CDC Maverick has very high forage yield potential and very large plump grain with high test weight. CDC Maverick is ideally
suited to lower input management and areas with lighter soils or drought conditions but will produce top forage yields under almost all conditions across Western Canada. We kept a close eye on our 2019 CDC Maverick to see how this forage variety compared to our regular feed barley fields. CDC Maverick developed far more biomass and showed rapid spring growth to compete with weed pressure. Our annual forage blend trials with forage barley, forage oats, and forage peas saw the CDC Maverick barley/DL Goldeye pea blend rise to the top in both total tonnage and feed value. Find more information on annual forage blends in our forage varieties section.