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Sweet Clover

Characteristics

Variety

Sweet Clover (Yellow & White Blossom)

Use

Hay & Pasture

Root Habit

Tap

Plant Type

Upright

Preferred Growing Conditions

Widely adapted; very productive on well drained fertile soils

Production Period

Spring of second (biennial)

Key Features

  • Widely used as a green manure and soil improvement crop
  • More heat and drought resistant than alfalfa
  • Excellent source of nectar and pollen for bees

Limitations

  • Biennial
  • Concern with spoilage and coumarin content for feeding cattle

Approx. Seeds/lb

250,000

Seeding Rate lb/acre

8 - 12

Environmental Tolerances

Winter Hardiness

Good

Drought Tolerance

Moderate to High

Flooding Tolerance

Low

Optimum PH

6.5 - 7.5

Acidity Tolerance

Low

Alkalinity Tolerance

Moderate

Salinity Tolerance

Moderate