Clover

Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Horses, Sheep, Haylage, and Dry Hay

…Forage uses may vary…

Clovers are highly palatable and best for grazing and silage.

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  • Crimson Clover

    Crimson Clover (5)

    Crimson clover is a fast growing annual that provides early spring nitrogen, up to 200 lbs at 50% bloom. Its rapid growth makes it an excellent weed suppressor and an emergency forage supply that doesn’t cause bloat. In the south, crimson clover is fall planted with other cover crops for weed suppression, erosion control and quality spring forage. It can be spring seeded in the northern areas for weed control and nitrogen production. If planted in the spring or summer, it will bloom the same year and will not over-winter.

    Management

    Crimson clover thrives in cool, moist conditions. It works well on any soil with the exception of heavy, wet clays. Inoculate for best N production. It is usually mixed with annual ryegrass, vetch, radishes, and small grains like oats. Nitrogen production requires an adequate supply of P & K. Crimson clover can be killed by spraying or incorporation. At bloom stage, it can also be killed by mowing, or rolling with a stalk chopper.

    Establishment

    For fall planting, drill at 15-18 lbs/A, 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep, or broadcast at 22-30 lbs/A. If broadcast, roll into a firm seedbed. Use 10-15 lbs/A in mixes. For spring planting, seed as soon as all danger of frost is past. Don’t plant too early in the fall if you want it to over-winter. If crimson clover goes to seed in the fall, it will not regrow in the spring.

  • Other Clovers

    Other Clovers (4)

    Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Horses, Sheep, Haylage, and Dry Hay

    ...Forage uses may vary...

    Clovers are an excellent source of nitrogen and can double as a quality forage. They are good as a soil builder, weed suppressor and for erosion control. Clovers can be frost seeded and work well mixed with other cover crops such as small grains, grasses, radishes, and other legumes. 

    Red clover will grow well in cooler, moist conditions and will slow down over the summer months. Yellow blossom sweet clover does well in the summer and has the greatest warm weather biomass production of any legume, exceeding even alfalfa. Berseem (also known as Egyptian Clover) is very fast to establish and produces a huge amount of dry matter. It works well doubling as a cover crop and as a forage, producing 18-28% protein.

    Establishment

    Clovers can be spring planted by frost seeding or planting with small grains. Use the grass seeding box on the drill.

    Clovers can be overseeded into standing corn at last cultivation. Allow 6 to 7 weeks after the application of pre-emergent herbicides like Atrazine. Check the herbicide labels.

    Clovers can be broadcast or reel-seeded into beans at leaf yellowing prior to leaf drop.

  • Red Clover

    Red Clover (7)

    Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Haylage, and Dry Hay

    Red clover is a legume that is widely grown throughout the United States as a hay or forage crop. Red clover does better than alfalfa in areas with low soil pH or fertility, and poor soil drainage. Improved red clovers are a fast-starting, highly productive and more persistent than older common types. Red clovers are short-lived perennials that will persist 3 to 4 years. Red clovers can be used in haying or grazing systems. In side-by-side trials red clovers have had higher RFQ’s (more digestibility) than alfalfa in fermented or dried forages and approximately twice the level of bypass protein. Red Clovers are more drought tolerant and productive than White Clover and usually not quite as high quality.

    Management

    Red clover production during the second year is generally higher than during either the first or third years. The weather influences red clover growth much more than deeper-rooted alfalfa. If summer rainfall is good, clover may be cut about every 35 to 40 days. Growth should be removed after "freeze-down". Leaving the growth on a field during fall and winter can kill the stand. Red clover stands that are one year old or older should be cut three or four times in a season. Harvesting in drought conditions will also thin stands. When grazing red clovers, turn livestock in when plants are 6-8" tall and remove them when 3-4" of the plants remain. Given plants do not self pollinate, insects play a critical role - bumble bees are particularly effective.

    Establishment

    Red clover can be sown by itself or in mixtures with small grains, alfalfa, and/or cool season grasses. Planting depth should be 0.25 to 0.50 inches. Red clover can also be established by frost seeding (broadcasting on frozen or snow-covered ground), allowing the freezing and thawing work the seed into the soil. Red clover requires soil pH to be 6.0 or higher. Red clover is responsive to phosphorus and potassium, apply to soil testing recommendations. For best results, do not expose to sunlight and plat within 12 hours of inoculating.

  • White Clover

    White Clover (6)

    Forage Use: Grazing Dairy, Beef, Horses, and Sheep

    Description

    White ladino clovers are a long-lived perennial which spread by creeping above ground stems or stolons that root at the nodes. It is a large leaf type white clover, very high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Addition of white clover to pastures will increase daily dry matter intake in livestock. White clover is a good producer of high quality feed and is utilized extensively as a soil building crop.  A good mixture of grass and white clover can yield as much as a pure grass receiving 175 pounds of nitrogen fertilizer per acre.

    Establishment

    White clover will thrive on soils with a pH is 5.5 or higher. White clover needs adequate phosphorus and potassium for establishment, persistence and growth. White clover is especially responsive to cool, moist conditions. It grows best between 50 and 85 degrees. Because of its shallow root system, it is not adapted to shallow, droughty soils. Ladinos can be broadcasted, frost seeded, or drilled into soil. Seed depth should not exceed 0.25 inches.

    Management

    White Ladino is primarily a pasture type clover.  White clover planted with perennial grasses should be grazed or mowed frequently (2 or 3 times per summer) with the final mowing in late August. Fertilizer should be applied through out the year. To manage the bloat risk associated with White clovers manage your pasture swards with no more than 10% stand of clover. Do not over-graze the grasses below 4 inches for this increases the clover concentration.

  • Alice White

    $5.57 per lb
    Total (25 lbs): $139.25

    Alice White Ladino Clover Seed from Barenbrug is the first variety that successfully combines roduction (large leaves) and persistence, buy yours here!


  • Alsike Clover

    $3.84 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $192.00

    Alsike Clover Seed from DLF is more tolerable to wet conditions than red clover, is good for short rotations, and is opportune for extensive grazing.


  • Alsike Organic

    $4.33 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $216.50

    Certified Organic Alsike Clover Seed from DLF is more tolerable to wet conditions than red clover, is good for short rotations, and is opportune for extensive grazing.


  • AU Sunrise Crimson Clover

    $2.39 per lb
    Total (50.00000000 lbs): $119.50

    AU Sunrise Crimson Clover Seed is the earliest blooming crimson on the market idea for southern planting with 20 inches at flowering height at tri-foliate leaves.


  • Barblanca

    $4.31 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $215.50

    Barblanca White Ladino Clover Seed from Barenbrug is especially well suited for grazing due to is exceptional persistence, buy yours today!


  • Berseem Clover

    $2.52 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $126.00

    Berseem Clover Seed has been referred to as the King of Cover Crops for the Midwest as an annual clover that can act as a great smother crop.


  • Byrons Clover Mix

    $5.00 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $250.00

    Byrons Clover Mix Seed can be added to any grass mix or established stands to increase quality and performance.


  • Crimson Clover

    $1.61 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $80.50

    Crimson Clover Seed is an annual clover, good for hay, grazing and green manure. Plant in early fall.


  • Cyclone II Red

    $4.49 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $224.50

    Cyclone II Red Clover Seed spans the country with early spring green up and strong resistance to anthracnose, powdery mildew and common crown rots.


  • Dixie Crimson Clover

    $2.05 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $102.50

    Dixie Crimson Clover Seed is idea for planting in the south as a green manure nitrogen fixing cover crop with fast establishment and early spring growth.


  • Emerald Red

    $3.95 per lb
    Total (50 lbs): $197.50

    Emerald Red Clover Seed produces a mulit-year red clover with outstanding fall production and good disease resistance.


  • Fixation Balansa Clover

    $2.97 per lb
    Total (25 lbs): $74.25

    Crimson Clover Seed is an annual clover, good for hay, grazing and green manure. Plant in early fall.


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