Certified Respect Red Organic Clover is an early-medium maturing variety. A persistent red clover with high density and rapid spring growth. A perennial with very good diseases resistance.
Red clover is a legume that is widely grown throughout the United States as a hay or forage crop. Red clover does better that alfalfa in areas with low soil pH or fertility and poor soil drainage. Improved red clovers are 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.
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 35-40 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.
Red clover can be sown by itself or in mixtures with small grains, sorghum-sudans, alfalfa, and/or cool season grasses. 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. Red clover has 7-9% higher NDFD that alfalfa and twice the bypass protein level.
Organic seeds are grown by certified organic growers that adhere to the strict organic practices required by the Organic Food Production Act of 1990. No chemical fertilizer, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides or herbicides are allowed in the production of this seed. Genetic purity is maintained throughout the production, processing, and packaging of this seed. The organic certificate is available upon request.
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