If you didn’t look at reseeding last spring, this autumn could be an ideal time to invest in your forage quantity and quality.
Crimson Clover Seed
Crimson Clover is an annual legume which has high yields and is a good source of home grown protein. It is used to help bulk up the yield and protein content of the first silage cut in the first harvest year. It can be cut or grazed but is best suited to cutting. It is a small seed so it should not be drilled deeper than 10mm. Sowing deeper than this will reduce the germination dramatically. The seed bed should be fine and firm and the soil should be rolled after sowing to increase seed to soil contact, and to help conserve moisture. The optimum time to sow Crimson Clover is late March to May and Mid-August to early September. When incorporating crimson clover with a grass mixture the drilling rate is 1–2 kg/acre.
The benefits of using Crimson Clover are:
• Very fast establishment
• Excellent ground covering
• Can be either cut or grazed but is best suited to cutting regimes
• High in protein
• Frost resistance
• Does not cause bloat
• Suited to spring & early autumn sowing – with high production in spring
The mixes Crimson Clover may work well with are Fast Grass, Tower and Squire. The quantity of Crimson Cloverto add into these mixes varies from 1.00kg–2.00kg/acre. It is suggested to add this on top of the normal seed rate.
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