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Medium Red Clover is a legume that is widely grown throughout the United States as a hay or forage crop. Red clover does better than alfalfa in areas with low soil pH or fertility, and poor drainage. Red Clover is a short-lived perennial that will persist 3-4 years. It can be used in haying or grazing systems. Red Clover is primarily used for hay, silage, and soil improvement. It is a quick growing crop, easily established, and produces high quality forage. Tolerance of shade allows Red Clover to be used effectively as a cover crop under silage corn.
Planting Depth: .25”-.50”.
Planting Rates: 12-15 lbs per acre broadcast, 6-8 lbs per acre when drilled
Planting Dates: Feb-May, Aug-Sep
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Red clover can be sown by itself or in mixtures with small grains, alfalfa, and/or cool season grasses. It may be overseeded in the Spring or Fall and can be established by frost seeding. Red clover requires soil pH to be 6.0 or higher. Red clover is responsive to phosphorus and potassium. Planting should take place on a firm, weed-free seedbed.
Red Clover grows best on well-drained loamy soils, but it will also grow on soil that is not as well-drained. Medium and fine textured soils are preferred by the plant over sandy or gravelly soils. It is best adapted to a pH of 6.0 or higher.
Red Clover stands that are at least one year old should be cut 3-4 times in a season. Growth should be removed after the first “freeze-down” to prevent the growth from killing the stand over winter. Due to a higher influence of weather than alfalfa, Red Clover tends to produce best in its 2nd year and tapers off in subsequent years. If summer rainfall is adequate, the clover may be cut every 35-40 days. If harvested in drought conditions, stands will tend to thin over time. If used for grazing, leave 3”-4” of stubble in between grazing periods. Clover should be cut or grazed when plant is nearing ½ bloom. Second or successive grazings should take place when plant is ¼ bloom. Care should be taken to eliminate or appreciably reduce bloating of livestock when grazing.
Trifolium pretense L., Red Clover, is an introduced biennial or short-lived perennial that grows as one of two types: medium (double-cut) or mammoth (single-cut). Red Clover plants grow from crowns. Plants have hollow, hairy stems and branches. Stem lengths of medium and mammoth types average 18 inches and 24 to 30 inches, respectively. Medium types have about 4 branches per stem; mammoth have 6. Each leaf consists of a slender stalk bearing 3 leaflets. The taproot of Red Clover is extensively branched. Flowers are borne in compact clusters or heads and are usually rose-pink in color. Seed pods are small, short, and contain kidney-shaped seeds that vary in color from yellow to deep violet. There are approximately 272,000 seeds/pound. Mammoth Red Clover matures later than medium types; only one crop of Mammoth Red Clover is harvested each season since recovery is slow.
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