Red clover is a high quality, shortlived perennial legume that is used in mixed or pure stands for pasture, hay, silage, green chop, and soil improvement. This species is adapted to a wide range of climatic and soil conditions and therefore is very versatile as a forage crop. Stands are generally productive for two or three years with the highest yields occurring in the year following establishment. Red clover is used primarily as a renovation legume for grass pastures. It is the dominant legume in Kentucky because it is high in seedling vigor, quality, yield, and animal acceptance.
Lauriault, L. M.; Taylor, Norman L.; Henning, Jimmy C.; and Edmonson, W. T., "1990 Kentucky Red Clover Variety Test" (1991). Agronomy Notes. 97.