What is Persian Clover?

Posted: 6th February 2012

Persian clover (Trifolium resupinatum) is an annual which is widely used across Europe. It is less common in the UK but can be a useful forage plant. It grows on most soils, even heavy types, and on slighty acidic to alkaline pHs. As a clover it is, of course, a nitrogen fixer. According to work ...

Should you roll your newly sown grass?

Posted: 1st February 2012

Winter frosts can lift soil over the winter leaving the roots of young grass and legume plants explosed and vulnerable to winter kill. Rolling these fields in late winter will consolidate the soil around the roots and promote the health of the ley. Rolling should be done when the crop is still ...

Use root crops to finish lambs over winter

Posted: 1st February 2012

Many livestock farmers plant brassica root crops over winter to supplement winter grazing. To make the most of this highly nutritious crop - and finish lambs quickly - is fairly simple. To minimise wastage and ensure the leaf and bulb of stubble turnips is eaten any field of stubble turnips should ...
A new £3.5million research project, Legume Plus, led by Dr. Irene Mueller-Harvey of Reading University got underway last week (23-27 January 2012) in the Netherlands. The four year project will focus on sainfoin, birdsfoot trefoil and red clover with an emphasis on plant ...
It is between January and March that birds are experiencing the ‘hungry gap’ and can literally starve to death. Luckily many farmers are acting to prevent this, planting thousands of acres of wild bird seed mixes right across the UK. Plants including kale, fodder raddish, ...

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