Medium Red Clover Seed - Medium red clover is a cool season perennial clover commonly used for wildlife food plots, cattle forage and cover crop applications. Medium Red Clover is a high nitrogen producing clover fixing as much as 120 units per acre.
Medium red clover is a short lived perennial used to supply nitrogen. Unlike other legumes, it fixes a lot of nitrogen even in high nitrogen soils. It has shade tolerance so it can be overseeded into small grains and incorporated in May of the following year. Since red clover seedlings tend to be slow growing, it benefits from a nurse crop. It forms tap roots and is useful for remediation of compacted soils. Red clover is also good for weed suppression.
Medium red clover prefers cool weather conditions. This crop is well-adapted a wide range of soil types and conditions. Medium red clover tolerates wet conditions better than vetch. It can be overseeded on small grains and if the soil is not crusted, it can be overseeded in vegetable crops with no additional preparation to the land.
Drill or broadcast at 10 - 15 lbs per acre..
Fall - Winter
Mow medium red clover during the summer of the first year. It can be seeded between established rows, reducing soil compaction in well-traveled areas.
Control blossoms by May, incorporate when flowering.
Red clover supports aphid predators such as ladybeetles, green lacewing larvae. and hoverfly larvae.
Purchase a seed lot with high germination.
To use as a nurse crop, seed with annual rye in June-July, buckwheat in August, and oats in September.
Medium red clover is also discussed in the articles on late summer legumes and early spring cover crops.