Ladino clover is a large-leaf, perennial forage legume species that is higher in forage quality and yield than small or intermediate leaf varieties. Ladino clover develops numerous runners that take root in both wetter soil and hardpan soils. Ladino does well under moderate to heavy grazing and provides a highly digestible and protein-enriched feed. In mixed grass pastures, ladino clover improves the productivity and nutrional value of the grass by making up to 250 pounds of nitrogen per acre each year available to companion grasses such as tall fescue, perennial ryegrass and orchard grass. In addition, ladino clover contains far lower leves of cyanogenic compounds that other clover varieties for improved feeding safety.
Characteristics: Persistence and season-long performance in grass-legume mixtures
Field Advantages: A show, upright growth habit with a high density of fine stems that support big, dark green leaves. A majority of leave have markings. Very good establishment vigor when sown in mixture witho ther legumes and cool season grasses. Active spring and fall stolon growth will fill in gaps where other legumes or grasses have failed to opptimize season-long productivity. Mid-season performance comparable to other commerical varieties. California Ladino clover is a low cyanide variety for maximum livestock safety.
Production Zones: Adapted to the cooler parts of traditional ladino clover production region where hardy clovers are seeded into pastures for grazing.
Plant Breeding: A true, large leaf ladino clover variety tracing to plants selected for vigorous forage growth, persistence and field resistance against common leaf diseases and virus pressure.