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Clover Species Chart CLOVER
  1. Select planting site and soil test to determine soil pH and any nutrient deficiencies. If soil pH may be lower than 6.0, soil test 6 months before planting to allow time for the applied lime to raise soil pH.
  2. Select best adapted clover species for planting site (see Clover Species).
  3. Check with seed retailer two weeks before desired planting date in case selected clover species or inoculant are not in stock.
  4. If planting on a prepared seedbed, apply phosphorus, potassium and any necessary minor nutrients before final land preparation. If planting on a lightly disked or undisturbed sod, delay fertilization until clover is up and has at least one leaf.
  5. If coated pre-inoculated seed is purchased, store in a cool, shaded area until planting. If uncoated seed is purchased, inoculate seed within 24 hours of planting (see Clover Seed Inoculation) and store in cool, shaded area until planting. Hot temperatures will kill the rhizobia bacteria on the seed.
  6. Do not apply any nitrogen fertilizer if clover is planted alone. Planting annual ryegrass with the clover provides earlier grazing and reduces clover bloat potential. Apply 60 to 70 lb nitrogen per acre in December to ryegrass-clover mixtures.
  7. Grazing can begin when pasture is 4 to 6 inches tall. This will be early March if clover is planted alone, or early February if clover is mixed with annual ryegrass.