Subterranean Clover

Subterranean Clover is an extremely valuable self-regenerating annual clover.  Sub Clover offers excellent value for money due to the large volumes of dry matter (forage) that can be produced, nitrogen fixation capabilities and the fact that if it is managed correctly and allowed to set seed periodically, it may only need to be sown once, due to its enormous ability to set seed and regenerate.  Sub Clover varieties have a wide range of different maturities and we recommend sowing a mixture of these different maturing varieties to ensure a measure of protection from false breaks and early finishing seasons.

 

Variety Sowing Rate
(KG/HA)
Days
(GERMINATION TO FLOWERING)
Attributes

Dalkeith

5 – 10 97 Very reliable production, will persist in areas as low as 350mm annual production. Proven Performer.

Bindoon

5 – 10 108 Resistance to Red Legged Earth Mite (RLEM), high dry matter production especially through winter months.

Seaton Park

5 – 10 110 Can be utilized in early and mid season situations, very persistent and prolific seed setting.

Monti

5 – 10 110 Excellent early winter growth, improved pest and disease resistance. Suited to 450mm rainfall.

Trikkala

5 – 10 112 Still benchmark for persistence in neutral to alkaline soils. Tolerates waterlogging, low estrogen.

Riverina

5 – 10 119 Moderate hard seed levels, vigorous variety with excellent autumn/winter production, suited to wide range of soil types.

Gosse

5 – 10 126 Erect growth habit, excellent hay/grazing option, can take higher pH than most varieties.

Clare

5 – 10 130 Suited to neutral to alkaline soils, can handle mild waterlogging, excellent hay producer.

Woogenellup

5 – 10 130 Very persistent older variety, excellent winter production and prolific seed setter, reliable regeneration.

Coolamon

5 – 10 133 Winter/spring active, reliable regeneration.

Mt Barker

5 – 10 137 Benchmark for persistence in marginal areas. Good all round production, prolific re-seeder.

Antas

5 – 10 138 Excellent winter/spring production, doesn’t bury burr as readily as some varieties. Large volumes of herbage produced.

Napier

5 – 10 140 Hard seeded, great resistance to disease and waterlogging, best suited to high rainfall areas, semi-erect to prostrate growth habit.

Goulburn

5 – 10 141 Benchmark for production in a late season variety. Prolific seeder, excellent hay option.

Denmark

5 – 10 142 Great full season dry matter production, one of the only subs that continue to grow after flowering. Very well suited to grazing, prostrate growth habit.

Leura

5 – 10 147 Ideally suited to higher rainfall regions, excellent hay option where spring rainfall is reliable.

 

Management Tip

Sub Clover Pastures should be allowed to set seed in the year of establishment as this will ensure the long term clover content of your pasture.  Crops should be grazed lightly and stock removed as soon as the first flowers appear. If crops are grazed too hard or cut for hay in the year of establishment then you will remove the bank of seeds destined for future regeneration.