Clovers: Established Stand Management
A soil test is the best guide for determining nutritional requirements. Clover stands should be topdressed annually as long as plant numbers are adequate. In the absence of a soil test, refer to the typical plant nutrient recommendations listed in Table 1.2-5.
For established red clover stands, make the first harvest cutting at 25 to 50 percent bloom; make later cuttings at 50 percent bloom. For additional information, refer to Agronomy Facts 7: Cutting Management of Alfalfa, Red Clover, and Birdsfoot Trefoil, available from your local extension office.
Ladino clover responds best to rotational grazing.
For additional information on clovers for pasture, see “Pastures” later in this section.