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Legume Planting Rates

Cool Season - Planting Rates (Approximate Values):

Annual lb/bu # seeds/lb (1,000) Seeding Rate (lb/ac) Seeding Depth (in)
Arrowleaf Clover 60 400 5 - 10 0 - 1/2
Ball Clover 60 1000 2 - 3 0 - 1/4
Berseem Clover 60 207 20 - 25 1/4 -1/2
Bigflower Vetch 60 32 20 - 30 1/2 - 1
Black Medic 60 266 10 - 12 0 - 14
Burclover 10 250 10 - 15 1/4 - 1/2
Button Clover 60 153 15 - 20 0 - 1/4
Caleypea 58 18 50 - 55 1/2 - 1
Crimson Clover 60 150 20 - 30 1/4 - 1/2
Hairy Vetch 60 16 20 - 25 1 - 2
Hop Clover 60 884 20 - 30 0 - 1/4
Lappa Clover 60 680 10 - 15 0 - 1/4
Persian clover 60 642 5 - 8 0 - 1/4
Rose Clover 60 164 8 - 12 1/4 - 1/2
Subterranean Clover 60 54 15 - 20 1/4 - 1/2
Sweetclover 60 259 12 - 15 1/4 - 1/2

Perennial lb/bu # seeds/lb (1,000) Seeding Rate (lb/ac) Seeding Depth (in)
Alfalfa 60 227 12 - 25 1/4 - 1/2
Alsike clover 60 728 8 - 12 1/4 - 1/2
Birdsfoot Trefoil 60 370 4 - 6 0 - 1/4
Red Clover 60 272 12 - 15 1/4 - 1/2
White Clover 60 768 2 - 3 0 - 1/4

 

Warm Season - Planting Rates (Approximate Values):

Annual lb/bu # seeds/lb (1,000) Seeding Rate (lb/ac) Seeding Depth (in)
Alyce Clover 60 301 15 - 20 1/4 - 1/2
Annual Lezpedeza (Korean) 59 200 30 - 35 1/4 - 1/2
Annual Lezpedeza (Striate) 59 238 25 - 30 1/4 - 1/2
Cowpea 60 4 100 - 120 1 - 3

Perennial lb/bu # seeds/lb (1,000) Seeding Rate (lb/ac) Seeding Depth (in)
Kudzu 54 37 12 - 18 1/4 - 1/2
Sericea Lespedeza 60 372 12 - 15 1/4 - 1/2

Source: From PPI, Forage Pocket Guide, 2004. Developed by D. M. Ball, C. S. Hoveland, and Gary Lacefield

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