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Finding a Cost Effective, Persistent Legume for Pastures

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Is there a legume that establishes and yields well, persists in pasture, and is cost-effective for t
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  1. Dave Scott says:

    Jim, could you tell us what your seeding rate was for the soft leaf fescue, and white clover, please?
    Also, have you tried even lighter discing so that 60-70% of the grass cover is left and then only seeding the white clover, or is that too hard to do?

    Thank you, Dave

  2. Jess Jackson Jr. Grazing Specialist NRCS Iowa says:

    Iowa State Univ. research says Kura Clover must be drilled in and innoculated to have a chance and they recommend 8 pounds per acre plus expect 3 years to establish. I’ve been watching 1 plot in Eastern Iowa for 5 years and it’s going gangbusters. Good job of trying something new. Has Jim let the pastures rest for 50 days at a stretch to let red clover go to seed to see if it will naturally reseed?

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