Bonus Red clover is a legume that gets about 18-20 inches tall that works great in pastures. Red clover does better than alfalfa in areas with low soil pH or fertility’s and poor soil drainage. Bonus Red is fast-starting, highly productive and more persistent than older common types. Improved red clovers will persist between 3 and 4 years. Red clovers can be used in haying or grazing systems. In side-by-side trials, red clovers have had higher RFQs (more digestibility) than alfalfa in fermented or dried forages and approximately twice the level of bypass protein.
Bonus Red production during the second year is generally higher than during the 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 35-40 days. Growth should be removed after “freeze down.” Leaving the growth on a field during fall and winter can kill the stand.
Bonus Red Organic Clover can be sown by itself or in mixtures with small grains, sorghum-sudans, alfalfa, and/or cool-season grasses. In the Midwest it’s best to inter-seed into an existing grass pasture in the fall. If wanting to inter-seed into a small grain field it is best to frost seed. Planting depth should be 0.25 to 0.50 inch. Red clover can also be established by frost-seeding (broadcasting on frozen or snow covered ground). Red clover requires soil pH of 6.0 or higher. Red clover is responsive to phosphorus and potassium. Apply to soil testing recommendations.
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