White clover can be sown as part of a full reseed or oversown into an established sward. All our mixtures are available with or without clover depending on your preference. The advised sowing rate for white clover is 0.5 to 1.0 kg/acre if sowing as part of a full reseed. Using coated clover seed will help the clover establish quickly and compete with the grass plants.
Achieving the target of 25-30% white clover in a sward can be difficult. Coated white clover provides the clover seed with nutrients to aid faster establishment. White clover can supply over 150 kg nitrogen/ha. However in order to achieve animal and sward production benefits from clover, an established sward needs a clover content of 25 to 30%. Even under good management practices successful clover establishment can be difficult on farm as it is a very small seed and slower than grass to germinate. The small seed size means it has fewer reserves than grass to draw on during the early stages of development and is more prone to stress and poor establishment.
Coating clover seed
Coating clover seed can substantially improve establishment and productivity.
The coating used for clover contains beneficial ingredients to aid improved
germination and provide more energy to the seed.
• Fertiliser including phosphorus to promote root growth and allow the clover plant to establish quicker and better compete with grasses for soil nutrients
• Rhizobium inoculants to ensure rapid nodulation by rhizobium strains which will fix N for the clover and grass plants
Usage Guide – White Clover
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
Sowing Time April – August
Sowing Depth 10 – 15 mm
As part of a full reseed: Cultivate to achieve a fine, firm seed bed. 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 remainder of year so 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 grazing’s 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.
Dairy – Y
Cattle – Y
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