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Production and persistency of red clover (Trifolium pratense) varieties when grown in mixtures

Iepema, Goitste; van Eekeren, Nick and van Dongen, Marian (2006) Production and persistency of red clover (Trifolium pratense) varieties when grown in mixtures. In: Lloveras, J.; Gonazalez-Rodriguez, A.; Vasquez-Yanez, O.; Pinero, J.; Santamaria, O.; Oleaamd, L. and Poblaciones, M.J. (Eds.) Grassland Science Europe, 11.

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In the Netherlands organic and conventional dairy farmers are taking an increasing interest in grass and red clover mixtures for ley pastures (cutting only). A constraint to the adoption of such mixtures is the persistency of the red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) varieties presently used in the Netherlands; Rotra, Barfiola, Violetta and Merviot. The latter being the most persistent under practical circumstances. Testing of red clover varieties in Switzerland showed a high degree of persistency of the so-called ‘mattenklee’ varieties such as Astur and Pica (Suter et al., 2004). We compared eight red clover varieties including 2 ‘mattenklee’ varieties in mixtures with perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) and white clover (Trifolium repens L.), and a mixture containing white clover and perennial ryegrass only.
Red clover mixtures out yielded the white clover mixtures by 5.4 t dry matter (DM) ha -1 . ULC 1715186 and Astur were the most productive red clover varieties. The development of the clover content of Astur showed that this variety scored highest on persistency.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:red clover, varieties, yield, persistency
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Pasture and forage crops
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Deposited By: Steinbuch, Luc
ID Code:8683
Deposited On:14 Jun 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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