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Durana Clover

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My Durana clover is kicking due to the good rainfall and mild temps this spring/summer. I'd highly recommend this clover for anyone who wants to get some more permanent plots going.
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Clipped mine 2 weeks ago and it's exploded again with the daily showers we have been getting. I've been getting 15-18 deer in one pic on my game cam! Highly recommended!
How often should it be clipped? And is there a cutoff date for mowing in late summer?
I would clip as needed. Most of what was in mine was broadleaf weeds which will soon play out. I'm hitting it with 0-20-20 this weekend. It's really nice going into the bow season with a fall food plot already in place. I contribute the clover to my 130" 8 point on opening day last season.
I normally clip mine once mid summer and again bout 3rd week in September. Basically all I'm doing is clipping the broadleaf weeds out like wetland man mentioned. Once that is done and a couple evening showers hit it, it explodes again. Great for early bow season food source.
Mowed my plots two weeks ago for second time. This Patriot looks great!

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Yeah that does look good right there! I'll try put a couple pics of my Durana next time I check my cam.
My Osceola/ Arrowleaf plot is looking good too, ( arrowleaf about gone) the other afternoon I drove up before dark and at least 25 deer were in one 2 acre plot and its like that every night, you can see some browsing but it tolerates it and regenerates like nothing else

Ive killed most of my good early season bucks over a clover plot. 2nd over soybeans, 3rd over persimmon.
A few years ago it had been extremely dry, and no new plots would germinate, i found a small cove of a large clover plot in the South part of the field that had a lot of shade, the clover was still going strong there. I shot a nice wide 8 point the first evening, he was the 9th racked buck in bow range that afternoon.
I killed several nice bucks in that one plot over 5-6 years.
I'm liking the fact that I have about 10 acres of high protein that I don't have to re-plant every year and that is available year round. With this recent rain and cooler temperature the Durana is looking good, so this fall I'm planning on just adding some 0-20-20 and maybe a little pellatized lime in the mix for good measure and this 10 acres will be done, unless we see the need to mow or spray. That is all we did last year as most of this was planted in 2012. I tried the Durana on some other fields last year, but the pH was not right and they did not do well. I'll try clover on those fields again after I get some lime on there.
Looks like Durana is catching on with the Bull Nettler crowd.

It's hard to argue with a plant that will grow 12 months a year in MS, produces 20% protein and doesn't have to be replanted every year.

Clipped this plot last week to keep the horsenettle at bay.

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Yellow Lab will Slay/Pursuit help with control of Horsenettle?
I planted two plots last fall and am extremely pleased. Had a ton of deer in them but the turkeys absolutely stay in it. One plot has exploded... I've clipped twice and it looks awesome. Gonna clip one more time around Labor Day if needed then add 0-20-20.

I do have one question. Of the two plots one is definitely stronger than the other. The "weaker" plot is at the base of a limestone hill but we've never had any problems with anything growing in this spot. Is there such a thing as too much lime for durana?
I planted 2 plots in Durana and two in Patriot. Patriot is a result of crossing Durana with a fungus resistant variety of wild MS clover. I really can't tell the difference in them, although Patriot is supposed to start more quickly but Durana is thought to persist for more years.

I'm on growing season 4 and limed the first year. Nothing else added to the soil since. Both varieties look good.
Yellow Lab will Slay/Pursuit help with control of Horsenettle?
The labels do not list horsenettle.
I bought two versions of the Durana clover and mixed them. One is supposed to be more drought resistant and the other is supposed to be frost resistant (I know one was patriot). The only thing that I can remember from my reading is that they were developed at the Univ of Ga. I have been very pleased and I think for the money clover is the best thing that I can do for my wildlife where I live in Rankin Co. The tonnage per acre and protein percentage is really good for the soil that we have. I would like to plant our corn and bean field in it, but my dad loves planting the corn and beans. You can spray them, but if you have the time clipping is the most economical weed control.
Sometimes 0-20-20 can be hard to find. What's another option that may be more readily available, yet still efficient? I'm in SW Mississippi.
Sometimes 0-20-20 can be hard to find. What's another option that may be more readily available, yet still efficient? I'm in SW Mississippi.
I get the co-op to blend up P and K to give me a mix equal to whatever the soil sample says I need per acre. I referred to it as 0-20-20 in my earlier post because most people are familiar with that.
Sometimes 0-20-20 can be hard to find. What's another option that may be more readily available, yet still efficient? I'm in SW Mississippi.
Just see what they have close. Sometimes it's 6-24-24
I like adding a little nitrogen to my clover, it seems to make it grow better
A lot of a Nitrogen and it seems to help the grasses though.
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