Berseem Clover Cover Crop Plant

Berseem clover is one of the better legumes selections when looking to fix nitrogen for the next year’s cash crop. Both nitrogen fixation and deep rooting benefits contribute to berseem clover’s reputation as an excellent contributor to soil health. In a mixed sward, berseem clover will make good late summer to early-fall grazing and will work well in the early seeding of corn for interseeded planting. Be sure to inoculate berseem clover before planting.

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Key Benefits

  • Excellent nitrogen source

  • Early seeding

  • Deep rooting

Herbicides To Avoid

Corn

  • Atrazine or simazine at >1 lb will be problematic for legumes and mustards unless lots of rain

    • <0.75 lab/A may allow for most legume cover crops, mustards, and annual ryegrass.
    • Atrazine < 1 lb/A can allow cereal grain establishment
  • Mesotrione (Callisto, Lumax, Lexar etc.), flumetsulam (Python) and clopyralid (Stinger, Hornet, SureStart) can be problematic for legumes and mustards like canola and forage radish.

Soybean

  • Chlorimuron (Classic, Canopy, Cloak, etc.), Imazethapyr (Pursuit), and fomesafen (Reflex etc.) could be a problem for fall seeded legume or mustard covers including radish. However, establishment of cereal grains should be OK.

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 8 – 15
Broadcast: 9 – 17
Aerial: 10 – 18
Seeding Depth 0.25″ – 0.375″
Minimum Germination Temperature 42° F
Interseed Yes
Seeds/LB 207,000

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate

LBS/A

Drilled: 8 – 15
Broadcast: 9 – 17
Aerial: 10 – 18
Seeding Depth 0.25″ – 0.375″
Min. Germ. F° 42° F
Interseed Yes
Seeds/LB 207,000