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Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
bighorn 29-Mar-19
Catscratch 29-Mar-19
bowhawk75 29-Mar-19
BullBuster 29-Mar-19
BullBuster 29-Mar-19
drycreek 29-Mar-19
crowny 29-Mar-19
BOHUNTER09 30-Mar-19
Single bevel 30-Mar-19
skookumjt 30-Mar-19
Deerplotter 30-Mar-19
Pat Lefemine 30-Mar-19
Deerplotter 31-Mar-19
Pat Lefemine 31-Mar-19
Pat Lefemine 31-Mar-19
BullBuster 31-Mar-19
lewis 31-Mar-19
Slam38 01-Apr-19
BullBuster 01-Apr-19
From: bighorn
29-Mar-19
Which clover brand has the longest life. Which is preferred by deer?

From: Catscratch
29-Mar-19
Lots of if's and unknowns in your question. I plant quite a bit of ladino and med red clover with good success.

From: bowhawk75
29-Mar-19
I get ladino clover from the local co-op. Have had awesome success with it, my fields will be going on their fifth year without replanting. But you have to have grass and broadleaf weed maintenance during the growing season along with fertilizing.

From: BullBuster
29-Mar-19
acidic soil, sandy, clay, arid, wet, location ??? Makes a difference.

From: BullBuster
29-Mar-19
acidic soil, sandy, clay, arid, wet, location ??? Makes a difference.

From: drycreek
29-Mar-19
I've always had great stands with Whitetail Institute clover, and it's super attractive to deer. It's relatively expensive, but for the results and longevity, it's still viable to me. I think it has a mix of three white clovers in it if I remember correctly. Of course if you're planting a large area, you might want to purchase elsewhere, but if I were planting white clover that's what I'd plant.

From: crowny
29-Mar-19
I planted 1/2 acre of perennial plus from deer creek seeds and it going on 4 years, just started to see some bald patches. I mowed it once a month in June , July and august. the deer really hammer it all summer. will plant again.

From: BOHUNTER09
30-Mar-19
I’ve got a 1 acre plot of imperial whitetail clover now in its 8 th year. I’ve over seeded a few weak spots and managed the weeds but don’t think I need to start over any time soon. It’s greening up nicely now with deer already grazing.

From: Single bevel
30-Mar-19
Kura has been proven to have the longest life. But its not easy to find, its expensive and doesn't tolerate competition while it is establishing.

30-Mar-19
X2 on ladino with medium red. Good luck!

From: skookumjt
30-Mar-19
Has nothing to do with brand. Pick a mix that is compatible with your soil/site and buy from a company that has quality (germ count, purity, etc.) and keep up with maintenance and you can maintain it indefinitely.

From: Deerplotter
30-Mar-19
I have sold and planted many types of clovers over the years with mixed success. I would admit and agree wholeheartedly with the guys on here who said Imperial WT clover provided great results. My experience as well. I hate the price but admit the Whitetail Institute is a leg up on other companies in regards to this particular seed.

From: Pat Lefemine
30-Mar-19

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My pure stand of ladino.
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My pure stand of ladino.
My personal observations after doing this many years is that for persistence and competition for weeds, it's hard to beat Durana clover. For attraction, it's hard to beat Ladino. Whitetail Institute's Imperial's main ingredient is Ladino.

31-Mar-19
Durana is definitely the longest lasting that I have planted. I have had some durana get killed off in the winter in my region also. Kopu 2 and Alice are good options also.

From: Deerplotter
31-Mar-19
Pat -have you ever combined the Durana and Ladino to get best of both world? Results?

From: Pat Lefemine
31-Mar-19

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This is a 5 year old strip of Durana that made it to 7 years before I wiped it out. The only reason I burned it down was because I switched to Alfalfa.
Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
This is a 5 year old strip of Durana that made it to 7 years before I wiped it out. The only reason I burned it down was because I switched to Alfalfa.
No, I've not done that. Durana is so aggressive that I thought it would out-compete the ladino which is not that vigorous. I have mixed Ladino with Chicory. Generally, I like pure stands.

From: Pat Lefemine
31-Mar-19

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Here's a good size ladino leaf. The deer love that big, fat head.
Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
Here's a good size ladino leaf. The deer love that big, fat head.
Here's why deer love Ladino. It's a big, succulent leaf that grows about 12" tall. It can be overgrazed in small plots and responds 'decent' to mowing. Contrast that with Durana which is 30% the size of Ladino, but the more it's grazed or mowed, the more vigorous it comes up. So it's a toss up. If you have high deer numbers and only one field to plant clover, I would pick Durana. If you have moderate to low deer numbers, lots or area to plant, then Ladino would be my choice. I run 3 clover fields and one of them is always Ladino. Just understand that weeds can be tough on Ladino. You need to both cut and spray to control weeds and every 3 years plan to burn it down and restart.

From: BullBuster
31-Mar-19
I found that ladino does a good job out competing weeds until the heat of mid summer. Then the weeds take over. Butyrac also becomes inaffective at that point for my weeds.

From: lewis
31-Mar-19
On our Tn plots the deer prefer the ladino I throw in some crimson and or red and it seems to work well. I have 2 ladino plots that are around 5 years old. I have mixed ladino and Durana just ok probably won’t do it again . Good luck Lewis

From: Slam38
01-Apr-19
What is the best spray on clover to control weed and grass???

From: BullBuster
01-Apr-19
IMOX. Expensive but 2 for 1. Gets broadleaves and grass.

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