Clover Mix Proving Itself

Clover Mix Proving Itself

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

An innovative mix of red and white clover varieties, launched in Barenbrug's new  Grass & Forage Seeds 2010 catalogue,  is showing potential to increase yields, says the company's agricultural product manager David Long.

The new mixture 'Ensign Duet' combines Crusader, Alice and Barblanca white clovers with 66% Lemmon red clover for rapid nitrogen fixation for new leys, he explains. It is currently being tested by Barenbrug's at three UK sites - Cropvale in Worcestershire, Aberdeen in Scotland and Loughgall in Northern Ireland.

The first year of results from the 2009 season show a 40% increase in yield compared with the company's Ensign white clover mixture - a remarkable result similar to that of red clover sown in a pure stand, says David.

"Red clovers establish and fix nitrogen better than white clovers in the first two years of a new sward, but lack the persistency of white clovers. By combining the two clover types, this mixture feeds the sward effectively throughout its productive life; as the red clover starts to weaken, the white has developed strongly and spread through the sward, and is hence in the ideal position to replace it."

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