Now is the Time for Clover Plot Maintenance

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  1. MarkDarvin

    MarkDarvin Well-Known Member

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    I throw as much stuff as I can think of into my clover in the early spring and again around the hottest part of the summer. And I don't count any of the wildflowers as weeds, even though one or two of them are invasive. They behave for me, so I don't get too worked up about it. Sedge is about the only one that holds back my clover. The rest seem to exist with it just fine.

    I work really hard to assault my clover with anything else I can get to grow in it; things I choose anyway. This year, I've already thrown in pak choi, willowherb, flax, brassicas, forage oats, spring wheat, and barley. When I come through and mow midsummer, that takes care of about everything and then I throw the cereals at it again to prep for cool season.
     
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  2. OkieKubota

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    Timely thread...even though we have had a good moisture spring and many days above 60-70 my clover looks shorter than normal and cool season grasses got a big foot hold on it so today was the day since I had a day off from dozer work. Mowed the yard and sprayed the clover plot with clethodim...what is the world coming too...lol
     
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  3. Native Hunter

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    I don’t disagree with that at all. It’s just that chicory is eaten so well by my deer that I will do whatever it takes to have it at all times. You might say that I plant clover in my chicory plot instead of planting chicory in my clover plot.
     
  4. Mennoniteman

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    What baffled me, we planted nice commander chicory and our deer walked through it to eat ladino clover... So I I figured, why spend the extra money. We need to import some of your deer genetics for this and other reasons. Kentucky antlers beat PA, and im sure this is why. Our deer are too stupid to eat chicory.
     
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    You have mentioned an important clover management tool; spraying herbicide works well in early spring, but in mid-summer, mowing is often the most effective for managing undesirable weeds, and is an important clover management tool. The great thing about ladino is that the thatch is very thin after mowing and doesn't suppress new growth like a thick stand of red clover might.
     
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    Commander is my favorite but now I can never find it.
     
  7. Elkaddict

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    We got 4” of snow today and high tomorrow is 26. Lil early to be doing much more than overseeding the clover. We are probably 3-4 weeks out.... But spring is breaking: turkeys are strutting and gobbling, and the rye is starting to show a little color. I sure appreciate the tips. I will spray as soon as the weeds/grasses start to grow.
     
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  8. onlybrowning

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    Learning a lot here in this thread. I’m in zone 5 and am frost seeding whitetail institute clover into two stand of what was Fusion (chicory and clover). That was planted 2 years ago. I’ve only ever mowed it, never applied any chemicals to it. What would be the best to spray this plot with once it dries up enough in a month or so to drive a tractor on it?


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  9. RGrizzzz

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    Imox. (For weeds and grass)
     
  10. Bowhunter

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    I wish I was able to get on my clover fields to spray this early but I’d make more of a mess than anything. Being that our 3 feet of snow melted last week the ground is still quite saturated and is even too muddy to walk on without sinking currently.

    Hoping that this dry weather that we have forecasted for the next week will help me so I can do some spraying then possibly.
     
  11. willy

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    Got my spraying done this morning, perfect conditions. Looking forward to the results. Thanks for sharing your procedure for clover maintenance Mennonitman.
     
  12. shawn cox

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    yes i made the mistake. i know it was 100% me.
     
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    yes i went a little over i think and it is a little stronger. lesson learned the hard way.
     
  14. Cedar Ridge

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    Same here Native. I’ve tried to follow your lead on the chicory and the deer absolutely hammered my couple of fields last Spring and Summer that I’d planted back in Fall 2019. Last Fall, each of my 7 fields got a healthy dose of chicory to go along with my clover, AWP, wheat, etc. It’s jumping out of the ground now and the deer are happily right back on it. Can’t imagine any scenario where I won’t have white clover and chicory in most of my fields going forward.
     
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  15. jlane35

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    I got my clover fields sprayed and lime spread over the last two days. I’m just waiting on my fertilizer to come in.

    I threw forage collards into my clover fields a month ago, unfortunately I don’t see any coming in. Now I may be jumping the gun, expecting to see growth before it has even had the chance to sprout, or maybe I didn’t broadcast it at the correct time.

    This fall I’ll be adding PTT or something similar and rye to start sucking up the nitrogen like others have suggested. Maybe I missed it but are others broadcasting more clover every year too to keep it going strong?
     

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