Legume Dry Down ?

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Stocker Steve

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Just finished cutting some over mature hay. Some was a alfalfa grass mix, and some was a red clover grass mix. The alfalfa has huge thick stems and is really slow drying. The red clover was going to seed and has dried quicker.

Is red clover the best legume for a long term one or two cut system?
 

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Red clover is only a biennnial, are you considering reseeding regularly? It does put out great for a couple of years, usually gone in 3 or 4. I like to plant it with alfalfa. Seems like by the time it peters out the the alfalfa is coming on well. The big problem I've had with red clover is getting it to dry, so I end up wrapping a lot of it. Also, if it gets rained on it can get pretty black pretty fast.
I think if you are planning two cuttings you want medium red clover, mammoth is considered single cut.
 

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