Fixation Balansa Clover - Nitro Coat OMRI
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Seeding Rate: 5-6 lbs/acre
Due to the very small seed size, comparable to a white clover, Balansa requires less pounds of seed per acre than many other clovers. When Balansa is in the early rosette stage of its life cycle, above ground growth may be limited but it will be utilizing its energy to anchor the taproot which has been observed to reach 18" deep in just 45 days. Balansa is very tolerant of grazing in the rosette stage, in fact this actually encourages Balansa to tiller more readily. If your suffering from soybean cyst nematodes an added bonus is that Balansa isn't a host plant, while crimson clover is a moderate host. Flowering will occur about two weeks later than crimson clover in the spring and can last for about 4-5 weeks. The flowers can range from white to pink and are very attractive to pollinator insects. As Balansa matures it produces very large hollow stems, making a roller/crimper a viable termination method.
When is the right time to plant? Compare the germination temperature listed below to your soil temperature. Read this article for more info: When Can I Start Planting?
|Maturity (Days)||Seeds/lb||C/N at Maturity||Growth Habit||Root Type/Depth||Cold Kill (F)||Dry Matter Potential(Tons/acre)|
|Biennial||500000||Low||Prostrate||Shallow Taproot||-5||1.5 - 3|
|Use and Characteristics|
|N Fix Potential||Lasting Residue||Palatability||Hay Harvest||Regrowth||Deep Compaction||Surface Compaction||Weed Suppression||Crimp Kill|
|50-200||Fair||Very Good||Very Good||Excellent||Fair||Good||Excellent||Easy|
|Plant Depth||Min Germ Temp(F)||Drilled Seed Rate (lbs/acre)||Broadcast Seed Rate (lb/acre)|
|1/5 - 1/4"||42||5-6||6-8|
|Heat||Drought||Shade||Wet Soil||Low Fertility||Low pH Soil||High pH Salinity||High pH Calcareous|
|Fair||Good||Very Good||Excellent||Fair||Very Good||Very Good||Good|