Balansa Clover: Fixation

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Due to the very small seed size, comparable to a white clover, Balansa requires less pounds of seed per acre…

Due to the very small seed size, comparable to a white clover, Balansa requires less pounds of seed per acre than many other clovers. When Balansa is in the early rosette stage of its life cycle, above ground growth may be limited but it will be utilizing its energy to anchor the taproot which has been observed to reach 18″ deep in just 45 days. Balansa is very tolerant of grazing in the rosette stage, in fact this actually encourages Balansa to tiller more readily. If your suffering from soybean cyst nematodes an added bonus is that Balansa isn’t a host plant, while crimson clover is a moderate host. Flowering will occur about two weeks later than crimson clover in the spring and can last for about 4-5 weeks. The flowers can range from white to pink and are very attractive to pollinator insects. As Balansa matures it produces very large hollow stems, making a roller/crimper a viable termination method.

Basic Info

Maturity (Days)
N/A
Seeds/lb
500000
C/N at Maturity
Low
Growth Habit
Prostrate
Root Type/Depth
Shallow Taproot
Cold Kill (F)
-5
Dry Matter Potential(Tons/acre)
1.5 - 3

Use and Characteristics

N Fix Potential
50-200
Lasting Residue
Fair
Palatibility
Very Good
Hay Harvest
Very Good
Regrowth
Excellent
Deep Compaction
Fair
Surface Compaction
Good
Weed Suppression
Excellent
Crimp Kill
Easy

Planting

Plant Depth
1/5 - 1/4"
Min Germ Temp(F)
42
Drilled Seed Rate (lbs/acre)
5-6
Broadcast Seed Rate (lb/acre_)
6-8

Tolerance

Heat
Fair
Drought
Good
Shade
Very Good
Wet Soil
Excellent
Low Fertility
Fair
Low pH Soil
Very Good
High pH Salinty
Very Good
High pH Calcareous
Good