National Dairy Conference Questions Answered: Clover seeding rate
Establishing clover in existing swards was a hot topic at the dairy conference. Questions like the following were asked: What amount of clover seed should be in a mix for mid season reseed? Teagasc Dairy Specialists and farmer speakers answer questions like this here on Teagasc Daily this week
Establishing clover in existing swards was a hot topic at the dairy conference. Questions like the following were asked:
What amount of clover seed should be in a mix for mid season reseed?
The recommended seeding rate for clover seed is 2 kg per acre (5kg per hectare) of unpelleted white clover seed. Research and indeed the experience of the farmer speakers suggests that early to mid-April is the best time to over sow with clover seed.
Kevin Moran's answer
According to farmer speaker Kevin Moran, “You need a longer interval between establishing covers and building covers for the autumn – sowing in July doesn’t give you this opportunity. Next spring they will get 2½ -3,000 gallons of slurry/acre in late February and will be over sown after their second grazing. I manage them exactly the same as non-clover swards until they’re over sown. After over sowing, we’ll apply ½ bag per acre of 18:6:12 after each grazing for the next four rounds. We’ll graze them every 14 days at around 1,000 kg DM/ha. We’ll start to extend the rotation after around four grazings (from mid-June onwards) so we’ll graze them at approximately 1,400 kg DM/ha and apply approximately 14 units N/acre from then on.
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