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      White clover seed

      White clover seed offers many benefits in today’s sustainable livestock farming systems.

      White clover can supply over 150 kg N/ha to reduce the requirement and cost of fertiliser applications. Strong creeping stolons make it tolerant of grazing and enable the plant to store energy and protein over winter.

      To gain the most from white clover, an established sward needs a clover content of 25-30%, but it is slower to establish than grass due to its smaller seed size.

      To overcome this, Germinal’s coated white clover establishes quicker and is more productive than uncoated seed. The coating contains phosphorus to promote root growth and rhizobium inoculants to improve nitrogen fixation. Coated white clover can be used in a full reseed or to overseed clover into an existing sward.

      white clover

      White clover seed can be sown as part of a full reseed or oversown into an established sward. All our agri grass seed mixtures are available with or without white clover seed, depending on your preference.

      Please feel free to ask a Germinal expert if you want advice on how to sow white clover.

       

       

      Usage guide: White clover seed

      Sowing rate: 0.5-1.5 kg/acre (1.5-4 kg/ha) if sowing with grass as part of a full reseed; 2.0 kg/acre (5.0 kg/ha) if overseeding white clover

      Sowing time: April-August

      Sowing depth: 10-15 mm

      Sowing instructions

      As part of a full reseed: Cultivate to achieve a fine, firm seedbed. Ploughing will help level rough fields. Sow in good conditions (warm with rain forecast), no deeper than 10-15 mm. Roll well after sowing to ensure good soil/seed contact.

      Overseeding: Ensure adequate soil pH, P and K indices. Control weeds before sowing clover. Ensure good soil seed contact. Ideally, sow after a heavy silage cut. Sow in warm conditions with rain forecast. Stitch clover seed in, or broadcast with 0:7:30. Roll after sowing. Avoid spreading N for the remainder of the year so white clover has less competition from grass and can get established.

      After sowing     Monitor for pest attack and take immediate action where necessary.  If sown as part of a full reseed, post-emergence spray will be necessary but ensure you use a clover safe spray.

      Grazing: Graze frequently at low covers for the first few grazings to allow light into the base of the sward. Avoid cutting for silage as clover can then out-compete grass. Maintain optimum soil pH, P and K.

      Uses: Dairy – Y; cattle – Y; sheep – Y