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Old 06-14-2017, 06:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Fall Clover Plot

This is the first year my ladino clover plot has been going. I've read many posts and much info on fertilizing and clipping clover but what do I do with it during the fall? Do I just fertilize again and let it go for deer season? I'm at a loss. Should I plan to disc it and plant my typical cereal grains? I don't think this is correct. Someone help me out!
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Old 06-15-2017, 10:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Generally, your ladino plot will be burned down by late July/August unless we have just a real mild summer and abundant rainfall. It will come back mid to late Sept. and look good Oct. Nov. Dec. then late Jan. Especially if we have a cold winter it will begin to stunt again until the Spring. If your goal is to just have a clover only plot I would just go in and fertilize to recommendations late sept/ October and you will be good to go. However, if you want to plant some oats, wheat, etc. you can go in and disk your plots when they are dormant in Sept., with the disk "open", the setting you would use to cover seed normally. Then spread seed and fertilizer as you normally would then cover as usual. This will not hurt your clover and you will still have a stand this fall/winter. In addition I normally don't aggressively trim my plots like most in the early spring and summer unless I just have a real thick stand of oats and wheat. Your clover will still be fine under the stand and the seed heads are great for turkeys and the cover is great for fawning and nesting. The shade tends to even help the clover some. It can be done a lot of different ways, and is really personal preference, this is just what has worked well for me. Good Luck

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If you are going to fertilize, make sure you don't have any grasses or undesirable broadleaf in it. As mentioned, most likely late July it's gonna burn down, and in my experience that's when the weeds start to spread. It's expensive but 16oz of Poast goes a long way. I have an acre of ladino that is in its 2nd summer and is doing awesome.Butyrac will take care of any broadleaf and has worked well for me also.
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You can do most of your clover maintenance in the summer and early fall.

I clip my Durana as needed during the summer. Clip the clover at 6 inches or higher, do not mow it short.

Also, spraying now with 2 4 DB herbicide for the weeds and Poast or other grass herbicide will clean up your clover plots going into the fall.

You can soil test now and apply need fertilizer in the fall.

When the cool weather come back, nothing else needs to be done.

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