Gallant Red Clover continues to impress forage growers across the Midwest. And recent trial data out of Ohio State confirms what farmers are starting to figure out - Gallant Red Clover is an outstanding variety for this region.
Gallant is a CISCO owned variety that was bred and developed in north central Indiana. Its persistence is due to a great disease package and very diligent breeding.
Note a few things when you open this data:
- Gallant led the two year total in forage yield.
- Gallant gets better with age - leading year two of the trial (2014).
- Gallant is the most persistent variety, not only leading in yield, but in stand life as well; it was on top with an 83.75% stand rate.
- Gallant beats common red clover by over 2 ½ tons. With hay at $100/ton, that equates to a $250 per acre advantage over two years. That easily pays for any extra seed costs.
- Gallant is dramatically more persistent than common - 83.75% vs. 15% in year 2. There will be no year 3 yield for common red clover because it will be all weeds. However, there will be plenty of production for Gallant in year 3.
To see the full Gallant Red Clover tech sheet, click here.
Below is a quote from CISCO Forage Agronomist, Jeremy Sweeten, who has planted and harvested this product mix on his farm in northern Indiana.
The last forage quality test in this attachment (page 9) is for Gallant Red Clover and Profit Orchardgrass. It was 2nd cutting taken 7 weeks, at 2/3 bloom, after first cut (a week to ten days too mature) and was baled as dry hay. It had very good forage quality for what it was. Perfect for beef cow or dairy heifer feed - and the crude protein was awesome.