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Forage

White Cloud

Common Name
Crimson Clover
Species
Trifolium incarnatum
Uses
Hay
Pasture
Silage
Livestock Forage
Wildlife Food Plots
Cover Cropping Systems
Green Manure
Crop Rotations
Nitrogen Fixation

White Cloud crimson clover is the only white flowered Trifolium incarnatum cultivar in the US, if not the world. Found in a crimson clover production field and subjected to six cycles of intense recurrent phenotypic selection, White Cloud is truly white with white seeds. With a lack of red coloration, there are lower levels of bitter anthocyanins, so palatability, and thus, intake, should be higher. Though not statistically quantified, anecdotal evidence have shown that White Cloud is preferred by livestock and wildlife over other palatable forage.  

Details

  • Fall -Winter planting season. Planting of crimson clover can occur throughout much of the year depending on the farmer's goal. A successful broadcast seeding is directly correlated to the amount of soil moisture or rainfall that is present after the application. A fall planting should occur 6-8 weeks before the first killing frost date if winterkill is a concern for your area. Emergence will occur within 7-10 days. Planting too early could cause the clover to go to seed and ensure that the cover will not over winter.

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