Freedom! – so named because of its freedom from pubescence (non-glandular hairs) — is one of the latest red clovers developed exclusively for Barenbrug USA. Freedom! is a Red Clover from Kentucky which was bred for dry matter yield having thinner stems with less pubescence which allows it to dry faster. In our test plots, Freedom! looks very impressive. Quality test results have been excellent as well. Our most recommended Red Clover for Hay. Freedom! has proven to be a very high yielding Red Clover. In the Cornell trials Freedom! is excelling in its third year of production, while most other Red Clovers have died. Freedom! has very good heat tolerance as well as winter hardiness. With less pubescence than typical red clovers, Freedom! promotes faster drying in the field and reduces the chance for loss of quality due to untimely rainfall. In addition, less pubescence also reduces the dustiness of hay, thus improving air quality. Freedom! is also well adapted for grazing and silage.
- Low pubescence and reduced dustiness
- Faster drying with impressive yields
- High forage quality – palatable and nutritious
- Improved winter-hardiness and persistence
- Fixes nitrogen – reduces fertilizer costs
- Also available with Yellow Jacket® enhanced Seed coating
Freedom Red Clover
Freedom Red clover is a legume that is widely grown throughout the United States as a hay or forage crop. Freedom Red clover does better than alfalfa in areas with low soil pH or fertility, and poor soil drainage. Improved Freedom red clovers are a fast-starting, highly productive and more persistent than older common types. Freedom Red clovers are short-lived perennials that will persist 3 to 4 years. Freedom Red clovers can be used in haying or grazing systems. In side-by-side trials Freedom red clovers have had higher RFQ’s (more digestibility) than alfalfa in fermented or dried forages and approximately twice the level of bypass protein. Freedom Red Clovers are more drought tolerant and productive than White Clover and usually not quite as high quality.
Freedom 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. Freedom 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 Freedom 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.
Freedom 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. Freedom 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. Freedom Red clover requires soil pH to be 6.0 or higher. Freedom 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.
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