General Traits of Winter Annual Clovers Grown in Arkansas

Clovers are beneficial additions to many forage programs because of improved forage growth distribution, increased forage yield, increased forage quality and reduced nitrogen fertilizer costs. These benefits lead to increased animal performance and profitability of the livestock enterprise. Winter annual clovers are considered to be better adapted to soil and envi­ ronmental conditions in southern Arkansas than perennial clovers. Perennial clovers are slower to estab­ lish than annuals and are not very long-lived in the hot, humid Coastal Plains region of southern Arkansas.

 

Because annual clovers complete their life cycle each year, they must be re-established from seed.

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