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M181, New February 2012

Dairy Grazing: Selecting the Right Forage

Kura clover (Trifolium ambiguum Bieb.)

Legumes

Kura clover originates from the Caucasian region of Russia. It is one of the most persistent clovers and tolerates severe continuous grazing. Kura clover persists well because it has an extensive root and rhizome system. Initial regrowth in the spring consists of an upright stem containing a large white-pink flower. After defoliation, all regrowth consists of leaves and petioles that originate from crowns. In trials in northern Missouri, kura clover has yielded more than 10,000 lb/acre annually once established. The forage is succulent and rivals alfalfa in feed quality. The biggest drawback to kura clover is its poor seedling vigor. With little or no production possible in the first 18 to 24 months after seeding, it is one of the slowest legumes to establish.

Kura cloverKura clover
 

Yield distributionYield distribution of kura clover in Missouri.
 

Leaf
Leaf

Individual shoot
Individual shoot

Flower
Flower


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