Medium Red Clover
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. Newer varieties of medium red clover can be productive for 3 years or more under proper management.
Graze or cut for hay when the red clover is ¼ to ½ in bloom. A second cutting or successive grazing should occur when red clover is ¼ in bloom. Leave at least 2 to 3 inches of growth after each harvest. Care should be taken to eliminate or appreciably reduce bloating of livestock when grazing. Keep lime and fertilizers (phosphorus and potash) at the proper level.
- Seeding Rate (lbs per acre): 12-15 (broadcast) or 6-8 (drilled)
- Seeding Date: spring or late summer
- Seeds per Pound: 272,000
- Planting Depth: 1/4" - 1/2" deep