Red Clover: Medium Red

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With similar forage yields, crude protein and better digestibility when compared to alfalfa, red clover can be an excellent forage…

With similar forage yields, crude protein and better digestibility when compared to alfalfa, red clover can be an excellent forage alternative to add to your operation. You can harvest your first cutting 60-70 days after a spring seeding and on every 30-35 day intervals after initial harvest. With its vigorous spring growth, this clover has the capability of suppressing weeds. Red clover is less invasive than white clover because of its shorter life span and the lack of rhizome or stolon rooting structures. It’s deep taproot can extend up to 3ft into the soil profile and finer rooting structure in the top 5″ can really aid in breaking up compacted soils. Red clover flowers are known to attract many pollinator and benefical insect species. If P leaching is a concern, red clover has been observed to leach only 1/3-1/5 the amount of P as ryegrass or radishes.

Basic Info

Maturity (Days)
N/A
Seeds/lb
190000
C/N at Maturity
Low
Growth Habit
Upright
Root Type/Depth
Shallow Taproot
Cold Kill (F)
-20
Dry Matter Potential(Tons/acre)
2 - 3

Use and Characteristics

N Fix Potential
50-120
Lasting Residue
Fair
Palatibility
Very Good
Hay Harvest
Very Good
Regrowth
Excellent
Deep Compaction
Good
Surface Compaction
Good
Weed Suppression
Good
Crimp Kill
Difficult

Planting

Plant Depth
1/4 - 1/2"
Min Germ Temp(F)
42
Drilled Seed Rate (lbs/acre)
8-10
Broadcast Seed Rate (lb/acre_)
10-15

Tolerance

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