Start Date

15-1-2010 10:00 AM

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You often hear Extension Agents and Extension Specialists talk about how important it is to add clover to your grass pastures. We talk about the advantage of free nitrogen, the added forage quality and yield, the benefit of diluting the toxic effects of tall fescue, and many other benefits. Usually after I give a presentation promoting all the benefits of clover the first question from the audience is, “How much clover do I need?” My standard answer is that 30 to 40% clover provides many of these benefits without compromising grass productivity. In fact, 30 to 40% clover in a pasture goes a long way in promoting grass growth. The next question from the audience is, “How do I know how much clover I have?” I usually say that you just visually estimate the amount of clover in your pasture in comparison to the amount of grass and weeds, but you and I both know that this is easier said than done. The presentation today is designed to teach you how to visually estimate the percentage of clover in your pastures.

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Jan 15th, 10:00 AM

Estimating Clover Percentage In Your Pasture

You often hear Extension Agents and Extension Specialists talk about how important it is to add clover to your grass pastures. We talk about the advantage of free nitrogen, the added forage quality and yield, the benefit of diluting the toxic effects of tall fescue, and many other benefits. Usually after I give a presentation promoting all the benefits of clover the first question from the audience is, “How much clover do I need?” My standard answer is that 30 to 40% clover provides many of these benefits without compromising grass productivity. In fact, 30 to 40% clover in a pasture goes a long way in promoting grass growth. The next question from the audience is, “How do I know how much clover I have?” I usually say that you just visually estimate the amount of clover in your pasture in comparison to the amount of grass and weeds, but you and I both know that this is easier said than done. The presentation today is designed to teach you how to visually estimate the percentage of clover in your pastures.