FIXatioN Clover Blog Articles
Utilizing Clovers to Improve Feed Quality of Pastures
One of the things that we like to investigate at our Richland, Iowa research farm is how our products perform. Being the leader in clovers and having the #1 selling Perennial Ryegrass in the area, Albion, we decided to see what kind of feed we could get from a two-way pasture mix.
Renovating Pastures with Clovers
Every late winter and early spring I get numerous phone calls with one recurring topic. Can I over seed my pastures or hayfield with clovers during the winter and early spring months?
It is well known that overseeding can result in an increase in both quantity and quality of forage produced. So, does overseeding pay? Research across the country strongly suggests it does. These grazing studies from across the United States have shown an increase in animal performance when they have been grazed on pastures with ryegrass with clover added to
Have You Considered Frost Seeding?
Now is a perfect time to think about dormant seeding your pastures with a legume. Dormant seeding, or frost seeding, is accomplished by broadcasting seed across the frozen ground. The natural heaving of the soils in the winter works the seed into the soil. When temperatures warm up the seed will germinate and begin growing. In the past, the most prominent legume specie used in frost seeding was red clover. Grassland Oregon has introduced Frosty Berseem Clover, Fixation Balansa Clover, KY Pride Crimson Clover and AberLasting hybrid white clover that can also be sown in this manner.
Managing for Trophy Bucks
Nobody hopes to bag a small deer. Hunters scout for the ideal spot. They strategize as to what food plot mix to plant to hunt over and spend hours looking over gear. Everybody knows that what you get out of something is directly related to the time, money, and energy that you put into it.
Super Silage with FIXatioN Clover
Don and I went to visit a local farmer who was chopping FIXatioN silage last night…
He was a little late getting it cut (flowering), but that’s real life on the farm sometimes, and he’s pretty excited about what he’s seeing.
Oregon Vineyard Cover Cropping
As the 2017 harvest year comes to a close, I thought I would share with you some of the data that I’ve gathered on a cover crop trial that we’ve been conducting in a vineyard south of Silverton. This replicated trial has been very informative.
We originally started our vineyard cover crop experiments 3 years ago. It began by seeding all sorts of monocultures and polycultures to get an idea what might work as a cover crop in vineyards for Oregon. We quickly pared down the list and eliminated items that might interfere with vine growth, lacked winter hardiness, and established poorly. Last year we narrowed the experiment to a few mixtures and this year we refined them further. The components were chosen for the diversity that they brought both above and below ground.