December 2013 Red Clover in Short Rotations


The biggest criticism with red clover, it’s perceived difficulty getting it dry enough to put in storage; was dealt with in the November 2013 newsletter available at http://advancedagsys.com/november-2013-red-clover-old-forage-for-modern-dairy/.  NY Farm Viability Institute funded research clearly showed, under very adverse drying conditions; that we could get red clover to >35% dry matter the day it was mowed. As with any crop, there are no silver bullets.  The crop and cropping system has to fit into the farm operating system.  Red clover has that ability and brings with it a number of economic, environmental, and sustainable benefits.

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