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GA-9908

Medium Red Clover

A southern adapted clover bred for improved grazing performance, GA-9908 is a valuable forage for hay, grazing, cover cropping and wildlife.

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Variety Summary

GA-9908 is a southern adapted, medium red clover specifically bred for improved grazing performance. GA-9908 is a multi-year red clover capable of better persistence and good hay yields. It is highly resistant to Southern Anthracnose. GA-9908 is a valuable forage for hay, grazing, cover cropping and wildlife. As with all red clovers, it possesses deep roots to help build soil and provide extended drought survivability and is capable of fixing nitrogen; all useful traits for crop rotations and mixed grass pastures.

GA-9908 Clover growing in a field.

Better Grazing Persistence

Developed by Dr. Joe Bouton at University of Georgia, GA-9908 was selected from ‘Redland III’ through multiple cycles of intensive grazing. GA-9908 was then tested for grazing survival at three Georgia locations. Plots were seeded in the fall, as pure stands (Tifton)  or into tall fescue swards (Eatonton and Calhoun). As shown in the photos, GA-9908 was found to provide improved grazing  survival and yield compared to other widely used varieties (actual data available on request).

GA-9908 Grazing research
GA-9908 Grazing research check variety

Extended Survivability

GA-9908 has shown above-average stand survivability in the Southeast. Most red clovers would not survive beyond two years in Georgia, but as shown in this comparison, GA-9908 had a very healthy stand after year two, while the other stand was significantly diminished.

GA-9908 red clover in Georgia looking strong in its second year of establishment
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High Forage Yields

Trial results in the southern and northern US indicate that GA-9908 is able to supply high forage yields for multiple years, if adequate growing conditions exist. In both a 2-year University of Tennessee trial (shown in table) and a 4-year University of Wisconsin trial, GA-9908 had forage yields equivalent to other widely used varieties.

Forage Yield (Tons DM/A)

Athens, GA 2000-2002

Variety2000200120023-yr total
GA-99083.284.451.849.57
Redland III2.844.342.109.28
Royal3.643.350.787.77
Lsd0.380.460.48 
*Statistically equal to top scoring variety.

University of Tennessee

Forage Yield (Tons DM/A)

Greeneville & Knoxville, 2009-2011

 GreenevilleKnoxvilleBoth locations
 201020112-yr total201020112-yr total2-yr ave
GA-99084.07*4.55*8.62*3.19*2.95*6.14*7.38
Freedom!4.31*4.35*8.67*3.04*3.02*6.06*7.37
Freedom!MR4.06*4.39*8.45*3.32*2.90*6.22*7.34
Emerald3.90*4.19*8.08*3.06*3.23*6.30*7.19
Cinnamon Plus3.96*4.14*8.10*2.99*3.26*6.25*7.18
CW 300913.75*4.49*8.24*3.10*2.82*5.92*7.08
LS 97033.76*4.40*8.15*2.89*2.97*5.86*7.01
CW2023.86*4.26*8.12*2.97*2.69*5.66*6.89
PGI 333.79*3.827.622.91*2.67*5.58*6.60
FLMD4.04*3.817.85*3.08*1.904.986.42
lsd0.670.681.030.570.710.91 
Planted September 30, 2009.
*Statistically equal to top scoring variety.

University of Wisconsin

Forage Yield

Prairie du Sac, WI 2013-2016

 Total Tons DM/A% Stand Average
Variety2013201420152016Total201420152016
Starfire II2.49*5.28*4.03*2.07*14.50*100*83*57*
Freedom!MR2.79*4.78*3.83*2.32*13.72*100*81*37
GA99082.57*4.89*3.70*2.1913.34*100*70*34
Freedom!2.55*4.743.402.22*12.92100*75*30
Cinnamon Plus2.194.78*3.68*2.0212.67100*79*33
Marathon2.144.563.422.1012.21100*69*21
Emarwan2.354.182.721.6710.9298*4613
Tempus1.964.242.661.5210.3888142
Aberclarret2.044.002.541.6510.23872110
LSD (0.05)0.340.530.550.491.4181418
*Statistically equal to top scoring variety.

Very Good Disease Resistance

In independent testing, GA-9908 has shown to be highly resistant to Southern Anthracnose (Colltrotrichum spp.), and resistant to Northern Anthracnose (Auereobasidium caulivor).

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Disease Resistance

Napier, IA - 2003

 Southern Anthracnose
(Colltrotrichum spp.)
Northern Anthracnose
(Auereobasidium caulivor)
VarietyResistance Class% ResistanceResistance Class% Resistance
GA-9908HR62.91R44.01
FK345R47.28R44.85
W1-2R38.46R39.64
KenlandMR29.06MR22.51
Lsd 6.96 5.86

Early Flowering

GA-9908 is reaches 50% bloom approximately six days earlier the Kenland.

Closeup of GA-9908 flowers and leaves

Management of GA-9908

Once established and properly managed, GA-9908 should provide multiple years of free nitrogen and protein-rich hay and grazing. Longevity will depend on location and management. In hotter regions, with predominately warm-season species, it should last at least 1-2 years, while in cooler climates it should live 3-5 years, or longer. One can also broadcast 3-5 lbs./acre of seed annually, or as needed, to insure a continuous stand. Researchers recommend 25-30% clover percentages in grass pastures for best animal grazing results.

GA-9908 red clover in annual ryegrass in March.

Planting Information

GA-9908 performs best in soils with a pH of 5.8-7.0, but can also tolerate moderately acid soils (pH 5.0-5.5). GA-9908 will perform best on loamy, well-drained, fertile soil, but can also survive in poorly drained soil. For optimal performance, conduct a soil test and follow the recommended lime and fertilizer recommendations. In established pastures, remove excess forage through grazing or late season haying. This will help ensure successful seedling emergence and establishment. Reduce weed population prior to planting. Be aware of herbicide carryover/residual of chemicals applications prior to planting.

At time of seeding, apply lime, potassium and phosphorus per soil test recommendation. No nitrogen is necessary.

Seeding Rate – Pure stand* (Drilled)6-8 lbs/ac
Seeding Rate – Pure stand* (Broadcast and Cultipacked)12-15 lbs/ac
Seeding Rate – Mix with grasses**4-6 lbs/ac
Seeding Rate - Established grass pasture (Drilled)6-8 lbs/ac
Planting Zones (map)green
Planting Dates - Southlate fall
Planting Dates - Upper Southmid-late fall or early spring
Planting Dates - Northearly fall or early spring
Planting Depth1/8" - 1/4"
Optimal pH Range5.8 - 7.0
*Planting on prepared seedbed.
**Drill companion grasses in one direction and then drill clover perpendicular to grass rows.

 

 

 

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