AB15 Autumn Sown Two Year Legume Fallow
ELS/HLS/CSS Codes: AB15 br>
br>This is another option for the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The mixture provides pollen and nectar for pollinators, and invertebrate chick food for farmland birds, as well as providing a useful blackgrass break. It should be cut at least twice during the first year to reduce blackgrass plants heading and seed shed. This mixture should be retained for 2 years. br> br>On dry, light land the perennial ryegrass could be changed to the more drought tolerant cocksfoot grass.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|certified tetraploid perennial ryegrass||66.0||0.660|
|certified common vetch||13.0||0.130|
|certified late flowering red clover||8.0||0.080|
|certified red clover||6.0||0.060|
|certified birdsfoot trefoil||3.0||0.030|
|certified alsike clover||3.0||0.030|
|certified yellow trefoil||1.0||0.010|
Alsike clover is a short term perennial that fixes nitrogen. It is a true clover, not a hybrid as the name suggests. Compared to many annual clovers it can be the slowest to flower after a spring sowing.
Birdsfoot Trefoil is a legume, it grows from a basal crown, with numerous stems that can vary from prostrate to erect in growth habit. In some parts of the country it is called the 'eggs and bacon' plant.
Birdsfoot Trefoil Species Guide Buy Birdsfoot Trefoil Straight
Late Flowering Red Clover
Red clover is one of the most popularly used true clovers in the UK. Once established itís capable of rapid growth and shows reasonably good persistence up to three years, although ongoing breeding work is being carried out to increase plant persistence. The 'single cut' or 'late' strains of red clover, notably the diploid variety altaswede provide one large cut per season, flowering once per season, approximately 10 - 18 days later than the 'double cut' early strains.
Perennial ryegrass is the most commonly grown productive grass in the UK, used particularly for livestock grazing and forage. It has been the subject of plant breeding for over 60 years, ensuring there are a wide range of perennial ryegrass varieties available commercially.
Perennial Ryegrass Species Guide Buy Perennial Ryegrass Straight
Red clover is one of the most popularly used true clovers in the UK. Once established itís capable of rapid growth and shows reasonably good persistence up to three years, although ongoing breeding work is being carried out to increase plant persistence. The highest yielding strains of red clover are called 'double cut' varieties, normally providing quick regrowth after cutting and several flushes or cuts per season. The 'single cut' strains of red clover, notably the variety altaswede provide one large cut per season, flowering approximately 10 days later than the 'double cut' strains.
Vetch is a well known legume also known as common vetch or tares. It scrambling, smothering growth habit and frost tolerance make it a very useful winter cover crop or green manure.
Yellow Trefoil / Black Medick
Yellow trefoil (also known as black medick) is a short lived annual/biennial legume, with a low growth habit making it a common choice for undersowing and soil improvement.
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