Red clover hay for sale

Red Clover is valuable for hay, pasture and soil improvement, and fits well into established crop rotations. Red Clover is often seeded with other legumes and grasses for hay and pasture, but can be used for hay and seed production. The protein content of Red Clover hay is slightly lower than that of alfalfa.

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Red clover hay for sale

Red clover hay for sale is the most widely grown of all the true clovers. On the other hand it can be a good alternative to Alfalfa.

Use and adaptation

Red clover is effective as a pasture legume and for hay. To make red clover more effective, follow these management practices:

  • Maintain fertility level — test the soil and topdress accordingly.
  • It is used rotational grazing, especially during the second year.
  • Rest the pasture in September and early October.

Uses

Hay, pasture, haylage.

  • Advantages

Widely adapted, good seedling vigor, complements tall fescue and other cool-season grasses. Established easily, high yields.

  • Disadvantages

Heavy first cuttings are difficult to cure. Hay is dusty. Overmatured second cutting red clover hay may have a fungus that causes animals to slobber.

  • Seeding

Rate: 8-12 lb/a
Depth: ¼-½ in
Primary Date: Feb 1-Apr 15
Secondary Date: Aug 1-Sep 15

  • Harvest

First harvest: May 1-May 15
Annual yield: 2-5 tons dry matter/a

 Red clover hay for sale
Red clover hay for sale

What is clover hay good for

Red clover is a short-lived perennial herbage legume that typically persists for two-to-four years.

  • The plant

Red clover has an upright growth form and a strong deep taproot from which finer roots arise. The crown is located at the base of the stem and acts as a store of nutrients. Differences in the size and reserve status of the crown affect persistency and suitability for particular grassland management regimes.

  •  Usage

The development of more grazing-tolerant and persistent varieties is creating the potential for red clover in rotational grazing systems.

  • Cutting and grazing heights

As the crown is above ground, damage must be avoided to ensure plant survival:

  1. In wet weather, avoid heavy machinery and pugging
  2. Cutting height for all silage cuts should be 7-8 cm minimum
  3. Optimum grazing height of aftermaths or over winter is 4-6 cm

Seeding rates and mixtures

Red clover hay for sale is best grown with a grass.  All of the cool season grasses adapted to Missouri can be used with red clover. Timothy has universally been used, and it is an excellent choice. It is a quality grass, and it matures at about the same time as red clover.

Examples of red clover-grass mixtures:

  • Red clover, 8 pounds; orchardgrass, 6 pounds.
  • Red clover, 8 pounds; timothy, 2 pounds (fall) or 4 pounds (spring).
  • Red clover, 8 pounds; tall fescue, 10 pounds.
  • Red clover, 8 pounds; reed canarygrass, 6 pounds.