Kura Clover (Coated or Uncoated)
Kura Clover (Coated or Uncoated) is a Caucasian clover cultivar used as a forage legume for grazing, hay, as a nectar source and a nitrogen producer.
Kura is a very slow establishing, perennial clover that spread by rhizomes, and if managed correctly, can grow for several years (some fields are over 22 yrs old). Kura is extremely hardy and will tolerate severe grazing much better than red clovers or alfalfas, but will persist longer if rotationally grazed and weeds are managed. Its persistence is due in part to excellent disease resistance and its heavy root biomass.
Kura Clover may be coated and its coating is not allowed for Organic use.
Kura is also pre-inoculated for improved establishment and growth.
Coatings are beneficial for better seed coat protection and are easier to plant. Inoculation is recommended when planting legumes.
*A special inoculation is required for Kura, not the common clover strain of inoculation because only one rhizobium strain specific to Kura Clover is effective.
*The coating on Kura is NOT approved for Organic use!!!
*Details on seed coatings and inoculations are available on our Resources Page.
Plant at 1/4″ depth. An ideal soil bed is moist, fertile and firm.
A soil test is recommended for proper plant establishment and growth.
Because of Kura Clover’s low seedling vigor, it is mandatory to sow Kura without companion grasses or small grains. Other grasses should be interseeded into Kura once it is established. The use of herbicides are recommended; failure to control competition (weeds or volunteer grasses) may result in stand failure by over competition. Very little growth is expected in the first season and flowering in most cultivars does not occur until the second season after induction by low temperature in the winter. Flowering in the next season will occur in early May.
Kura stands are slow to establish, so Kura should be grown by itself the first year and then companion grasses can be introduced. Rotational grazing is more productive than continuous grazing.