Olds College Smart Farm includes 1,843 acres of land for crops and forage production (1,117 acres on main campus, 418 acres across highway 2, and 308 acres at Pitstra Farm - excluding ponds, roadways, and natural areas).   

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Olds College Crop and Livestock Plan 2020

Olds College Smart Farm includes 1,843 acres of land for crops and forage production (1,117 acres on main campus, 418 acres across highway 2, and 308 acres at Pitstra Farm - excluding ponds, roadways, and natural areas). 

The usage summary for the 2020 growing season and comparison with 2019 is shown in Table 1. (Acres by category for 2019 and 2020).  A detailed usage breakdown for 2020 is shown in Table 2. 
 

Table 1. Acres by category for 2019 and 2020* Roughly 10 acres of barley in 2019 was used for malt barley (field to glass project)

Acres by Category

Table 2. Acres by crop type for 2020

Barley: 554
Canola: 190
Oats: 23
Mixed hay: 172
Crop cocktail: 19
Cattle forage: 49
Pasture (native): 195
Pasture (mixed grass): 488
OCCI plots: 54
Lacombe plots: 62*
Bayer plots: 37

Total: 1843

*75% of Lacombe plot acres (47 acres) are used for feed crop production

The Olds College Smart Farm also maintains a cow calf herd with approximately 110 to 120 pairs. We currently have 110 cows with calves at foot, 47 yearling heifers (planned for replacements) and 7 bulls. On average, the Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production houses 500 additional head for custom feeding trials, residual feed intake trials, and other research initiatives on a fee-for-service or cost recovery basis. The Smart Farm also includes 129 breeding ewes, 4 rams, and approximately 258 lambs were born in 2020.

2020 Field Plan