Rivendel is a shorter growing medium leaf size white clover that fits well as a small component of grass mixtures suited for grazing or frequent silage cuttings. In contrast to the Ladino-types, Rivendel is extremely persistent under grazing without overcrowding the grasses. However, since all clovers grow better in the summer than their cool season grass companions, you can expect a higher proportion of clover in the stand during the summer months. Rivendel may not persist as well as a Ladino-type in stands taken for hay or silage where the grass grows tall and shades out the lower growing clover. As with all white clovers, Rivendel is an excellent Nitrogen fixer and is, for that reason, a welcome addition to pasture systems on most organic farms.
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.
Ladinos can be broadcasted, frost seeded, or drilled into soil. Seed depth should not exceed 0.25 inches. 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. White Clover can be planted in the spring or the fall and grows best between 50 and 85 degrees. Because of its shallow root system, it is not adapted to shallow, droughty soils.
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 throughout the year as adequate levels of calcium, phosphorus and potash are also important. 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. For combinations with Italian Ryegrass and Annual Ryegrasses, red clover is a better choice.
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