| ||The Atlantic Provinces are particularly well adapted to the production of forage crops. Abundant rainfall, well-distributed throughout the growing season and moderate temperatures in both summer and winter are favourable for forage production. Soils, in addition to some physical constraints, are generally low in natural fertility, but they respond well to applications of lime and fertilizer, and conditioning. Pastures, which are the most economical means of supporting livestock, typically produce high levels of herbage for grazing livestock in late spring and early summer. Supplementary pasture species extend the grazing season by providing herbage when regular pasture growth is slow, and conserved forages such as hay and silage support livestock operations throughout the winter months.
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