Egyptian Clover seeds/egyptian clover seed (Berseem clover seed)
HS code: 12092200
Name: Egyptian clover seed (Berseem clover seed)
Botanical name: Trifolium alexandrinum
Variety: Mescavi berseem
Type: (summer or winter) annual legume Mescavi berseem
Egyptian clover seed
Berseem Clover seed
What is Clover?
Clover is one of the most important green fodder crops. It is called Trifolium Alexandrinum, Egyptian clover, and berseem clover. It was planted originally in the sub-tropical regions that depending on irrigation. It is commonly used to fed cattle and milk buffalo. Ancient Egyptians cultivated it in the winter season. Indians knew clover early in the nineteenth century. As well as it was common in United States and Europe.
Clover is considered as a green manure for the soils. Therefore, Countries of Nile Delta and Mediterranean regions have depended on clover to nourish the soils for thousands of years.
Do you want to nourish and fertilize your soil? Do you want to feed your cattle? Are you looking for a fast growing green fodder? If “yes”. Let’s show you the solution for all your needs.
The answer is Clover! Clover is distinguished with the following benefits:
- Its ability to nourish the soil naturally and that reduces the use of fertilizers products.
- Its cultivation is inexpensive.
- Its ability to adapt and grow in shaded or poorly drained regions.
- Its ability to attract the pollinators and useful insects such as birds and bees which benefit the ecosystem.
- With regular irrigation, clover grows fastly in summer and may produce about 8 tons of forage.
- Clover can clean the soil of weeds and protect it from erosion.
- It helps to balance the nitrogen percent in soil.
- Clover is the king of forage crops as it grows rapidly and produces plentiful amounts of fodder. It helps to renew the organic materials.
- Young clover is much better than crimson clover or alfalfa as it contains protein by 18 – 28%.
- Clover does not include any harmful elements. We did not hear about any compliments about occurrence of bloating from grazing clover.
What are the conditions of clover cultivation?
- Clover with length of 16-20” and wide leaves can adapt with all sandy soils and salinity of soil.
- Clover can produce heavy nitrogen on fertile soils.
- Clover is grown in the warm season. In northern states it is cultivated in spring. And it is planted in summer over the year.
- Clover can be cultivated in late summer and early autumn in the southern states to meet the winter needs.
- Clover can be cultivated in August to meet the late summer needs in both northern and southern regions.
- Clover is mowed when it reaches 14 inches long.
- After mowing, clover grows again as an additional biomass from the crown.
- To get the green manure in the soil, we can plough the soil or let the roots decompose on the surface of the soil.
How to plant clover?
- At first, prepare the soil.
- Sprinkle the seeds by scattering half of the seeds while walking from north to south and the other half while walking from east to west.
- Use the organic fertilizers after seeding in the poor soils.
- While covering the seeds is not a necessary step of planting clover, you have to put seeds in depth of 1/4” if you want to cover it for the moisture maintenance. Topsoil, peat moss or sterilized straw used to cover the seeds.
- You should not cover the coated seeds in depth of more than 1/8″.
- Keep seeds moist by using regular and gentle irrigation until germination.
- In case of facing dry wave, irrigate the seeds more than once a day.
- After the germination of seeds irrigate it deeply and reduce the number of irrigation times to keep deep roots and healthy meadow.
- Mow the clover after it reach to the recommended height.
- Clover takes about 3-6 weeks after seeding to be mowed. This period may be extended according to the cultivation conditions.
- Use gentle mowing in the first times because seedlings are superfine.
- Use the organic fertilizers to strengthen the growing process after mowing for many times.
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