Annual Clover

Annual Clovers are almost always used as the legume component in hay/silage and grazing mixes.  Annual clovers produce large volumes of feed through the winter/spring and early summer and are suited to many different soil types.  Annual Clovers offer excellent value for money as they are sown at low rates and establish readily from seed, to produce large volumes of highly palatable forage.  With fertiliser prices set to remain at a premium, annual clover crops can fix valuable nitrogen in your soil profile at low costs and provide a break in the cropping rotations.

Variety Sowing Rate
(KG/HA)
Seed Type Attributes

BALANSA

Frontier

1 – 5  

Hard

Flowers 2-3 weeks earlier than Paradana. Has found a niche in salt affected country where it can flower and set seed before salt scald becomes an issue.

Cobra

1 – 5 Hard Regenerates well, can tolerate strong grazing pressure from sheep, reliable seed yields, three weeks earlier than Paradana.

Paradana

1 – 5 Hard Very aggressive spring growth, tolerated waterlogging and high pH soil types. Broadcast in 2nd year if sown with Phalaris, Fescue or Cocksfoot.

Vista

1 – 5 Hard High dry matter production through winter and spring months. Late maturing. Resistant to clover scorch and waterlogging.

Viper

1 – 5 Hard 2 weeks later then Paradana. Good early vigor with reliable regeneration. Outstanding spring production and ideal for hay.

PERSIAN CLOVER

Shaftal

5 – 8 Soft Late flowering variety. Good winter/spring production, will regrow strongly if moisture permits.

Prolific

5 – 8 Hard Adapted to a wide range of soil types, copes with periodic waterlogging and high pH soils. Tolerates mild salinity. Early/mid flowering.

SARDI

5 – 8 Hard Preferred option for waterlogged and high pH soils where mild salinity is an option. Broadcast year after perennial grass establishment for best results. Early flowering.

Kyambro

5 – 8 Hard Mid-seasoned variety suited to hay. Thrives in high pH and waterlogged conditions. Tolerates saline conditions.

SUNDRY CLOVERS

Crimson

3 – 5 Soft Highly nutritious hay/silage option. Very drought tolerant. Strong winter production. Suited to free draining sandy loams.

Berseem

5 – 8 Soft Referred to as annual Lucerne. Suited to heavier soils and will not cause bloat in stock. Berseem is erect growing and offers reliable spring production.

Arrowleaf

2 – 10 Hard Deep rooted, late maturing with very hard seed, tends to be unreliable in regeneration, suited to acid to neutral soils that are free draining.

Arrotas Arrowleaf

2 – 10 Hard Ultra late maturing bred by DPI Tasmania. Will extend feed window well into summer if moisture permits. Has potential in higher rainfall areas.

Palastine Stawberry

1 – 4 Hard Great spring, summer and autumn production, prostrate in growth, suitable for all soil types, can withstand long and harsh grazing once established, persistent.
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