Mammoth Clover

When clover is grown with timothy for hay, some

farmers prefer to use mammoth clover in place of the medium red. It may

be known as sapling clover, and is accounted a perennial, though it is

little more so than the red. It is a strong grower and makes a coarse

stalk but, when grown with timothy, it has the advantage over the red

in that the period of ripening is more nearly that of the timothy. It

inclines to lodge badly, and should be seeded thinly with timothy when

wanted for hay. The roots run deep into the soil, and this variety of

clover compares favorably with the medium red in point of fertilizing

power, the total root-growth being heavier. While its yield of hay,

when seeded alone, is greater than the first crop of the red, its

inclination to lodge and its coarseness are offsets. It produces its

seed in the first crop, and the after-growth is small, while red clover

may make a heavy second crop. Its use should become more general on

thin soils, its strong root-growth enabling it to thrive better than

the red, and the lack of fertility preventing the stalks from becoming

unduly coarse for hay. The amount of seed used per acre, when grown by

itself, should be the same as that of red clover.

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