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Berseem Clover

Trifolium alexandrinum
Berseem clover is an erect annual with a short taproot; it can grow up to 750 mm with slender, hollow, branched stems and plain, trifoliate, slightly hairy leaflets. Pods contain 1-2 seeds oval-shaped yellow/red-brown seeds; 

  • highly nutritive 
  • free of oestrogen risks
  • suited to seasonal irrigation
  • great as a green cover crop
  • mainly used with irrigation
  • likes neutral soil pH 6-8
  • moderately tolerant of water-logging 
  • well suited to deep alluvial soils 
  • some tolerance of salinity
  • good heat tolerance
  • suited to cutting for hay or silage.
  • quick regrowth 
  • rotationally grazing when 15-20 cm tall; this stimulates tillering  
  • avoid overgrazing
  • palatable - high feed value - high protein content
  • low risk of bloat
  • low risk of estrogen 
  • poor regeneration; intolerant of heavy frost
  • low cold tolerance, least winter hardy of the cultivated clovers
  • should not be grown where winter temperatures drop low as 6°C. regularly

Sowing rates
Single species sowing rates - 8-10 kg/ha (10-15 kg/ha if irrigated); sow at 15-20 mm 
mixtures sowing rates - 3-5 kg/ha
Sow in spring or early autumn.