Red Carpet XL 3-year red clover is a dual purpose blend of improved red clover varieties fit for both haylage and grazing. Red Carpet® has demonstrated increased yields over Arlington, Marathon and Kenland red clovers.

  • Best utilized for silage or spring hay
  • May produce 3 cuttings on second-year stands
  • Works well in rotational grazing programs
  • Increased disease resistance to southern anthracnose & downy mildew

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Forage FirstXLCrosseCoat

Establishment: Fast
Persistence: High
Drought Tolerance: Medium
Winter Hardiness: High
Palatability: High
Yield Potential: Medium
Grazing Tolerance: Medium High

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 8-12
Mixes (lbs./acre): 4-8
Seeds/lb.: 272,000
Depth (In.): 1/4-1/2

Planting Time:
Feb.-May; Aug.-Oct.
Emergence (days): 7
Life Cycle: Perennial

Red clover grows best on well-drained loamy soils, but also grows on soil that not as well-drained. Medium and fine textured soils are preferred over sandy or gravelly soils. It is best adapted to a pH of 6.0 or higher.

Red clover may be seeded in pure stands, but is often mixed with grain or grass. Spring or late summer seedings are satisfactory. It may be overseeded in spring or fall. Red clover seed should be inoculated. Phosphorus and potash are the fertilizer elements needed most by red clover. Apply as recommended by soil tests.

Seeding may be done with drill or broadcast. A firm, weed-free seedbed is essential. For renovating pastures, the recommended seeding rate is 8 lbs./acre.

Graze or cut for hay when red clover is 1/4-1/2 in. bloom. A second cutting or successive grazings should occur when red clover is 1/4 in. bloom. Leave at least 2-3 in. of growth after each harvest. Care should be taken to eliminate or reduce bloating of livestock when grazing. Keep lime and fertilizers (phosphorus and potash) at proper level.

The Forage First® Advantage: Crown disease resistance has been a focal point of breeders of red clover for several years. La Crosse Seed is committed to offering varieties with improved disease resistance which leads to added performance and quality, as well as longer persistence (into a 3rd or even a 4th year).

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