Elite II - Berseem clover

Fast ground covering and winter active

  • Berseem clover.
  • Vigorous winter and spring growth.
  • Not known to cause bloat.
  • Offers excellent forage quality with multiple fodder cuts or grazing.
  • Better able to withstand waterlogging than most other winter growing legumes.
  • Demonstrates outstanding forage quality and the ability for multiple cuts, highly suitable for hay/silage systems.
  • Can be used as a cover crop for alfalfa.

    This annual legume, a native of the Mediterranean region, is also referred to as Egyptian clover and is important in continental and Southern Europe, North Africa and India at different areas on the Southern hemisphere, where it is grown as forage under medium rainfall conditions or under irrigation.

     

    Berseem clover is an erect plant, rather similar in growth to red clover, it is best adapted to neutral to alkaline soils and has some tolerance to saline soils. Although sometimes included in pasture mixtures to increase the protein content of winter feed, it does not withstand grazing well and can be sown by itself as well as in mixtures as a high protein forage for cutting. It distinguishes form Persian clover by its lower dry matter content, somewhat lower fresh yields and later flowering.

     

    Elite II characteristics

    Rainfall required: 550mm+

    pH-range (CaCl2): 5,5 – 8,0

    Flowering: Late

    Self-regeneration: Low

    Growth habit: Erect

    Establishment: Very fast

    Application: Silage, light grazing, green manure

    Sowing rate: 3-7 kg/ha, in mix with grasses and legumes

     

    Specifications
    Species
    Berseem clover
    Annual clovers

    Annual clover offers a range of grazing, hay and silage options with multiple benefits including nitrogen fixation, weed control rotations and disease breaks. The addition to grass or hay can increase feed quality, protein content and provide nitrogen for grass or cereal growth.