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Clover programs

By From staff reports
Published in News on March 1, 2011 1:46 PM

Clovers can save money. Clovers improve the sustainability of cattle and horses and other livestock pasture and hay systems. Clovers reduce or eliminate nitrogen fertilizer requirements. Clovers also improve the nutrition of the pasture and the performance of the animals grazing the pasture.

Depending on the type and variety, white, crimson, red and other clovers may need to be planted every year while others can live for many years. Some clovers grow best in the cool weather and others grow only in the warm months.

How to manage and choose a clover is the subject of two free educational programs by nationally known forage specialists Don Ball and Garry Lacefield. Co-authors of the book "Southern Forages," the Kentucky-based Lacefield and Alabama-based Ball have over 60 years experience with forage research and extension. They will be presenting at the N.C. Johnston County Extension Center today at 6 p.m. and at the N.C. Cabarrus County Extension Center on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Take advantage of an entertaining learning opportunity. No registration is required. For more information, call the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Center at 731-1520.