Berseem clover is a fast growing, summer annual legume. It is a prolific nitrogen producer and winter kills easily making it an ideal cover crop species. When planted with a grain crop, Berseem clover does a good job of suppressing weed growth. Berseem clover will use available nitrogen during establishment but then is capable of fixing nitrogen at between 100 and 125 lbs/ac. Berseem germinates relatively quickly (7 days in 60 degree weather) and can tolerate slightly alkaline soils. At 18 – 28% protein, Berseem Clover is comparable to alfalfa for feed. Berseem can be used as a pasture or hay crop and has the potential to produce well over 3,000 lbs dry matter/acre with multiple cuttings. Berseem clover is a non-bloat clover. Plant Berseem at 8-12 lbs/ac drilled and 15-20 lbs/ac broadcast.
- Type: Clovers
- Latin Name: Trifolium alexandrinum
- Zone: 5, 6, and 7
- Height: 18"
- Sun/Shade Tolerance: 2 - Both
- Min. Precipitation: 20"- 25"
- Seeds Per Pound: 207,000
- Native/Introduced: Introduced
- Annual/Perrenial: Annual
- Blossom Color: Pink
- Bloom Period: Spring and Summer
- Bloat: No
- Planting Rate: 8-12 lbs/acre drilled or 10-20 lbs/acre broadcast
- Cold Hardiness: Not Hardy
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