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Balansa Clover (Trifolium michelianum)

  • Early maturing
  • Tolerates water logging and mild soil salinity
  • Tolerates a wide range of broadleaf herbicides
  • High winter/spring dry matter production and nitrogen fixation
  • Excellent regeneration from hard seed

Balansa clover is well adapted to most soils in the pH 5.2 to 8.0 range, but not deep sands. It is highly tolerant to water logging and has tolerance of mild salinity. It is an effective substitute for sub clover in the right conditions. Balansa is very hard seeded which is useful with cropping phases and harsh summers. Grazing the pasture during summer and autumn will help soften the seed and improve germination. Take care not to overgraze perennial species in the pasture.

Balansa clover is semi erect in its growth habit and has proved very satisfactory as a monoculture or as a companion with short term grasses. Balansa clover is well adapted to most soils in the pH 5.2 to 8.0 range, but not It is highly suited to hay production. It is an aerial seeder, so deferring grazing during flowering and seed set is necessary to create a good seed bank. This is critical during its first year for regeneration in future seasons.

 

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  • Early maturing approx 100 days to flowering
  • Tolerates water logging and mild soil salinity
  • Tolerates a wide range of broadleaf herbicides
  • High winter/spring dry matter production and nitrogen fixation
  • Excellent regeneration from hard seed
  • Recovers strongly from heavy grazing
Specifications
Sowing rate (pure)
5 - 6 kg/ha
Sowing rate (mixture)
1 - 2 kg/ha
Annual Clover

Annual clovers are commonly used in South Africa and predominantly in the winter rainfall areas. These seasonal species have the ability to produce good quality feed under dry land or semi-irrigated areas where cereals used to be the norm. They are widely adapted to most soil types and being a legumes needs to be inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria. Annual clovers as a pasture can produce benefits in four ways:

(1) Increased yield

(2) Improved...

Annual clovers are commonly used in South Africa and predominantly in the winter rainfall areas. These seasonal species have the ability to produce good quality feed under dry land or semi-irrigated areas where cereals used to be the norm. They are widely adapted to most soil...

Annual clovers are commonly used in South Africa and predominantly in the winter rainfall areas. These seasonal species have the ability to produce good quality feed under dry land or semi-irrigated areas where cereals used to be the norm. They are widely adapted to most soil types and being a legumes needs to be inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria. Annual clovers as a pasture can produce benefits in four ways:

(1) Increased yield

(2) Improved animal performance

(3) Nitrogen fixation

(4) High seed yields

Annual clovers are appropriate for either pasturage or green composting.