AB15 Autumn Sown Fallow 'LEGUME MIX'
If grass weed control is a consideration on arable land the 'non grass' AB15 mixture could be a useful option. The Legume only components will also boost soil fertility.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|certified EARLY ENGLISH vetch||50.0||0.500|
|certifed Volga lucerne||15.0||0.150|
|certified AURORA alsike clover||10.5||0.105|
|certified MERULA red clover||10.5||0.105|
|certified MERULA red clover||7.5||0.075|
|certified Gran Sans Gabrielle birdsfoot trefoil||6.5||0.065|
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.
Also known as alfalfa in the states, lucerne benefits animal health and soil fertility. It is a high protein forage crop which is usually grown on its own and is very good on drought-prone soils. It establishes relatively slowly, producing significantly more biomass in the second and third years. Lucerne should only be grown on free-draining, alkaline soil. Lucerne requires the correct strain of rhizobia (known as an inoculant) to efficiently fix atmospheric nitrogen and get the most growth.
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.