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Species: Birdsfoot Trefoil

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Birdsfoot Trefoil Summary

Birdsfoot trefoil yields less than alfalfa on well-drained, fertile soils but is superior to alfalfa on soils that have marginal fertility and production capabilities. In areas of New York and Pennsylvania where alfalfa production is not optimal, trefoil may be a viable alternative in forage production systems. Its excellent grazing potential and bloat- free characteristics are ideal for pasture. Poor seedling establishment has been a major complaint of trefoil. Careful management at seeding can reduce this problem considerably. Careful harvest or grazing management is necessary, but when properly managed, birdsfoot trefoil will persist and remain productive for several years.