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Southeast Area Specialist OCES

Clover FAQ

What are some of the things I need to consider before committing to planting clovers in my pasture?

PH, phosphorus and potassium should be at the proper levels or you are wasting your time planting clovers.

Seed should be properly inoculated with rhizobium bacteria or the plants won’t produce well.

When planted in the fall, other plant competition needs to be reduced so those little clover plants have a chance to become established.

Use a drill to plant the clovers so the seeds have proper seed to soil contact.

What species of clover work best in Southeast Oklahoma?

There are several species that work well here. Some of the more common and proven species are as follows:

Annuals – Arrowleaf clover & crimson clover

Short lived perennials – red clover, rose clover and white clover.

I have tried planting clover in the past and did not get a stand. How can I insure success?

Visit your local County Extension educator for the proper way to plant clovers. Without proper fertility, inoculation, seed bed preparation, planting & grazing management, most legume plantings are doomed to failure.

Should I plant the entire ranch to clover or just a portion?

It is probably best to devote a portion of your ranch to clover production so that it can be grazed and managed separately from other portions of the ranch. This will allow management that will help promote the clovers in one pasture while allowing you to fertilize another pasture with nitrogen for grazing at a different time period of the year. See your Extension Educator for more grazing management information.

When will clovers provide the most forage for my cattle?

Cool season clovers will provide a little grazing prior to December but most of their production will be from March through May. Depending on the species planted and the years climate, some may provide limited production throughout the summer.

For more complete information, contact your county extension office.

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