Persian Clover - Shaftal

Trifolium resupinatum

  • Soft seeded
  • Late season maturity
  • Vigorous erect growth but susceptible to rust

    Persian Clover

    • An annual clover (capacity for self regeneration varies)
    • Intolerant of acid and sandy soils
    • A bloat risk
    • Low oestrogen
    • Slow to cure as hay. Roller conditioning may be advantageous
    • Persian clover’s very small seeds require a fine, weed free seed bed and should be sown no deeper than 10mm
    • Very susceptible to attack by red-legged earth mite and Lucerne flea

     

    Shaftal

    • Soft seeded
    • Late season maturity – about 160 days to flowering
    • Historically known as Shaftal clover
    • Vigorous erect growth but susceptible to rust
    • An improved alternative is Lightning
    • Sowing rate:
      4-6kg/ha (Pure)
      6-10kg/ha (Irrig)
      2-4kg/ha (Mixes)

     

    Specifications
    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...