KingFisher Resilience Organic Red Clover was developed with the Midwest in mind for better persistence. Red Clover is a legume that is widely grown throughout the United States as a hay or forage crop. Resilience red clover has a fast recovery time. This variety gives very high RFQ and great yields. Red clover does better than alfalfa in areas with low soil pH or fertility and poor soil drainage. Improved red clovers are fast-starting, highly productive and more persistent that older common types. Improved re clovers will persist three to four years.
Resilience red clover 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.
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 rain fall is good, clover may be cut about every 35 to 40 days. Growth should be removed after “freezedown.” 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.
Red clover can be sown by itself or in mixtures with small grains, sorghum-sudans, alfalfa, and/or cool-season grasses. Seed at 5-15 pounds per acre. 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 to be 6.0 or higher. Red clover is responsive to phosphorus and potassium. Apply to soil testing recommendations.
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