Freedom Red CloverTrifolium pratense Short-lived perennial legume. Up to 24". This 2001 release from the KY Ag Experiment Station comes enthusiastically recommended for hay by Henry Perkins of Bull Ridge Farm in Albion, ME. A high-yielding red hay clover with glabrous stems for fast dry-down, excellent winter hardiness and persistence. Red clover is better-suited than alfalfa to acidic or wet soils. Seed at 10#/acre alone, 5#/acre in mixes, ½#/1000 sq ft.
As perennial hay: Freedom lacks the pubescence (little hairs) found on the stems of most clovers, enabling much faster drying and reducing dustiness in the final product. In field trials, mechanically conditioned Freedom had a drying rate of 22.5% per hour during the first day, compared to 17.7% per hour in the control variety.
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