PERENNIAL LEGUMES – Alfalfa and Clover
A 3 to 5 year crop that is an excellent source of protein. Alfalfa is the most drought tolerant legume and does not thrive under wet conditions. As a legume, it fixes its own nitrogen but utilizes a lot of potassium. Its fiber is not as digestible as grasses, so adding late heading grasses to alfalfa improves the feeding qualities of alfalfa and reduces weeds and insect pressure.
Southeast AgriSeeds has selected these premium alfalfas for forage quality, persistence, and yield performance. They all have excellent leaf to stem ratios, impressive disease resistance, yield and winter hardiness. These products are the latest superior varieties on the market. Put these alfalfas to work on your farm by choosing the one(s) are most adapted to your management and soils. You will be pleased with both performance in the field and in the barn.
Alfalfa Seeding Rate: 18-22 lbs/A.
All KingFisher Alfalfas are pre-inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria for best nitrogen fixation.
What does fall dormancy of alfalfa really mean?
Hay and Forage Grower, March 2016
Alfalfa Nematode Resistance Ratings
Our KingFisher alfalfa products are well-protected from nematode problems.
HR= High Resistant (>50%)
NA=Information Not Available
|NRKN||Northern Root-knot Nematode|
|SRKN||Southern Root-knot Nematode|
KF-425HD is an exceptionally high yielding and high quality alfalfa with excellent digestibility. KF-425HD was bred for herbage quality and delivers outstanding NDFD 48 and TTNDFD scores. With these high quality attributes, KF-425HD has comparable lignin ratings similar to the non-GMO low lignin alfalfas. KF-425HD has an excellent agronomic package that provides a very persistent and healthy plant for top production over a broad range of soils. Place KF-425HD on your most productive soils for the greatest value of this tremendous variety.
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- 4.5 Fall Dormancy
- 2 Winter Hardiness
- 30/30 Disease Rating
A high yielding robust multifoliate alfalfa with excellent quality. Adapted from NC to NY. Statistically equal to the highest yielder in the Penn State Alfalfa Trials.
- 5 Fall Dormancy
- 2 Winter Hardiness
- 30/30 Disease Rating
A top yielder with excellent feed quality. This variety is very eye-catching. High disease and nematode resistance. Statistically equal to the highest yielder in the Penn State Alfalfa Trials.
- 4 Fall Dormancy
- 1.6 Winter Hardiness
- 30/30 Disease Rating
A new alfalfa that combines high resistance to the pathogens with the branch rooted feature. Its root system has been genetically designed with a greater degree of the branched rooted trait. This trait helps keep more of the root system above the water table and better secures the plant in the ground when freezing and thawing occurs. The branch-rooted trait will adjust as moisture stresses intensify.
- Fall Dormancy 3.8
- Winter Hardiness 1.6
- 30/30 Disease Rating
Traffic Pro is a traffic tolerant, deep set crowned alfalfa. The deep set crown helps protect the plant from wheel and animal damage as well as providing additional winter protection during conditions with lack of snow cover. Good aphanomyces resistance.
- 3.7 Fall Dormancy
- 1.5 Winter Survival
- 34/35 Disease Rating
L-446RR is a very high yielding and high quality alfalfa that was selected to be a top Roundup Ready® variety for the livestock market. Single herbicide application increases ease of post emergence weed management. L-446RR has an excellent agronomic package that provides a very persistent and healthy plant for top production over a broad range of soils. The key focus of this variety is digestibility. Increased leaf to stem ratio and higher energy from fiber digestibility make this RR alfalfa tough to beat from a quality standpoint. Whether you’re looking for aggressive gains on stockers and finishers or a high protein/energy combo for your top producing dairy herd, this variety has the potential to get it done.
- 4.3 Fall Dormancy
- 1.8 Winter Survival
- 30/30 Disease Rating
Red clovers are more drought tolerant and productive than white clover, but not quite as high quality. Use some of each for grazing! In Penn State’s trials, the average yield of all the red clovers was a little higher than the average yield of the leafhopper resistant alfalfas, the year after seeding. Red clover is more tolerant of wet soils and lower pH than alfalfa.
Red clover seeding rate: 4-20 lbs/A
See Smith Seed’s Clover Tool for an easy overview of the clovers.
If seed is untreated, must be inoculated with N-Dure or Prevail inoculant for clover.
Red Clover Improves Protein Utilization and Protection
If your rations have too much NPN (non protein nitrogen), consider adding red clover to your forage system. During ensiling, red clover has 30 to 90% less conversion of protein to NPN than alfalfa. Alfalfa breeders are trying to incorporate a unique red clover enzyme system (PPO) into alfalfa. But, why wait for this trait to be incorporated into alfalfa, when you can simply plant one of our significantly improved red clovers with your favorite KingFisher alfalfa and our leafy late heading grasses. Learn more…
A southern red clover from Barenbrug. Barduro has large leaves and establishes rapidly. It is drought and heat tolerant and was bred specifically for the south. High yield potential, excellent for hay production.
Barduro is pre-inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria for best nitrogen fixation.
A low cost legume cover crop that can be used similarly to the 3-way clover mix. Red clover is fast starting and shade tolerant. Good source of nitrogen, soil builder and weed suppressor; attracts beneficials. Makes a good forage. Recommended seeding rate: 4-20 lbs/A.
Inoculation with clover inoculant typically recommended.
Freedom! is a Red Clover from Kentucky that was bred for dry matter yield, and is long-lived and mildew-resistant. It is noted for having thinner stems with less pubescence (hairs), which allows it to dry faster. In our test plots, Freedom! looks very impressive. Quality test results have been excellent as well. Our most recommended red clover for hay, Freedom! has proven to be a very high yielding red clover with very good heat tolerance as well as winter hardiness.
Freedom! is pre-inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria for best nitrogen fixation.
White clover is the backbone legume of grazing systems, and it can be mixed with other species in high moisture hay systems. It spreads by rhizomes, which are root shoots that run below the soil surface and send up new plant shoots. The quality of white clover is very high. It will not lignify in hot weather like alfalfa, red clover and grasses. Like other legumes, white clover fixes its own nitrogen and will help supply nitrogen to other plants. White clover thrives under warm, moist conditions. Droughts, however, can be hard on white clover stands.
White clover seeding rate: 2-6 lbs/A.
If seed is not coated, must be inoculated with N-Dure or Prevail Inoculant for Clover
A large-leaf white clover with excellent persistence under intensive grazing. Developed from heat tolerant germplasm, Barblanca is a highly suitable cultivar for transition zone and southern USA. Barblanca has an aggressive growth habit and is perfect for interseeding in tall fescue and ryegrass pastures.
Barblanca is pre-inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria for best nitrogen fixation.
Dutch white clover is excellent for in between vegetable rows or for pasture that is lower yielding and lower growing.
Dutch white clover “VNS” is pre-inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria for best nitrogen fixation.
Neches has been developed by Texas A&M for surviving the harsh conditions of southern U.S. It is an early flowering white clover with profuse (long-lasting) bloom. This provides high reseeding potential for regrowth in warm season grass pastures. Neches is an intermediate white clover but selected for larger leaves. Neches has high dry matter yield compared to other varieties also developed in the south.
Neches is pre-inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria for best nitrogen fixation.
A high yielding ladino clover that has been selected under tight grazing pressure by University of Georgia researchers. This clover will excel in the south but will also perform extremely well in northern areas, as it has been proven to withstand Wisconsin winters. Regalgraze is palatable and very persistent, but not so aggressive that it will push out grasses (a problem with some legumes).
RegalGraze is pre-inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria for best nitrogen fixation.
Renovation was bred for increased stolon density utilizing a combination of long-living Southern Plain ecotypes and disease resistant ladino types. The result is increased persistence, even under grazing. Increased stolon density also makes it ideal for erosion control and long term conservation. Recommended seeding rate: 2-4 lbs/A.
Renovation is pre-inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria for best nitrogen fixation.
Must be inoculated with N-Dure or Prevail Inoculant for clover
A red, ladino, and sweet clover mix that can be frost seeded, spring seeded, fall seeded, aerial seeded, broadcast after last cultivation of corn, or seeded just before soybean leaf drop. With its diversity, the white and red clover will grow in long, cool springs and in the fall, and the yellow blossom sweet clover grows well in the summer months and drier spells. Can work as a perennial pollinator mix; recommended for two years at the most. Can also be used for wildlife food plots. Recommended seeding rate: 10-15 lbs/A.
3-Way Clover is pre-inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria for best nitrogen fixation.
Pasture Booster is a mixture of our best perennial clovers for the Southeast containing: Barduro Red Clover, Barblanca Ladino Clover, and Regalgraze Ladino Clover. Legumes like the Pasture Booster Clover Mix contribute nitrogen production to pastures and improve overall forage quality with highly digestible protein and mineral content. Productivity is also improved, since the clovers boost summer production of the pasture. This blend can be used for grazing, hay, or simply as a cover crop for a season or two. Recommended seeding rate: 4-6 lbs/A.
A mixture of our best perennial clovers. Contains approximately 50% Freedom! Red Clover, 25% Alice White Clover and 25% Regalgraze Ladino Clover. Great for frost seeding, inter- seeding pastures and thinning alfalfa fields. Can also be used to complement many of our all grass mixtures. Recommended seeding rate: 4-6 lbs/A.
Premium Clover Mix is pre-inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria for best nitrogen fixation.
A high yielding hay variety that can also be used for pasture and conservation. Recommended seeding rate: 20-25 lb/A.
Wellington Birdsfoot Trefoil is pre-inoculated with trefoil inoculant prior to planting for best results.
Deep tap root breaks up compacted soils and scavenges nutrients. Works better as a cover crop than a forage. High biomass production. It is quite winter-hardy and drought-tolerant. Recommended seeding rate: 15-25 lbs/A.
Yellow Blossom Sweetclover is pre-inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria for best nitrogen fixation.