Trifolium pratense Cool season legume cover crop.
Actually a short-lived perennial with strong re-seeding ability. High yields, good Nitrogen fixation (to 140 lb/acre), feed palatability, and exceptional beneficial insect habitat. Usually covered with honeybees, beneficial wasps, and tachnid and syrphid flies. Often interseeded with grains and irrigated to make a honey and seed crop after grain harvest.
Blossoms are edible and medicinal. Plant in areas with moderate temperatures and on soils with high Calcium content. Widely adaptable. Grows to 18". Do not plant on poorly drained soil. Once established, tolerates temperatures to -20°F. Seed in fall or spring (for cold areas) 0.25"-0.5 deep at 0.5-1 lb/1000 sq ft or 15-20 lb/acre.
NOTE to Certified Organic Growers: This is conventional seed, but all seeds are coated with Nitro-Coat Organic, which is an OMRI listed coating. This coating uses all organic ingredients: the proper rhizobacteria, a Calcium Carbonate coating that is naturally water absorbing to speed seed germination, and an OMRI listed organic adhesive.
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