New white clover variety developed, released to market
ARDMORE, Okla. Researchers at Noble Research Institute and University of Georgia (UGA) have developed a new white clover variety called Renovation to help agricultural producers improve and maintain healthy, productive pastures.
Renovation is the first white clover released by the Noble Research Institute and the first commercial product of the joint breeding effort. The goal for the Noble-UGA forage breeding program was to develop new white clover (a legume) varieties that could help restore perennial grass pastures throughout the southern United States.
"Renovation was developed to extend the life of perennial grass pastures and improve forage quality," said Mike Trammell, Noble Research Institute plant breeder. "Its genetic makeup results from a southern clover variety bred with a large-leaf variety to produce excellent overall persistence and animal performance."
Renovation white clover is ideal for grazing livestock and wildlife food plots, and helps maintain healthy soils by controlling erosion and providing slope stabilization.
"This white clover variety can also be used in other areas around the world that have similar ecological systems," said Joe Bouton, Ph.D., retired Noble Research Institute Forage Improvement Division director who led the initial research. "We believe the new variety will have a positive impact for agricultural producers and the longevity of their pastures."
Once established and properly managed, Renovation can provide protein-rich food for livestock and wildlife while reducing fertilizer costs thanks to the legume's ability to fix its own free nitrogen. Users can plant Renovation with cool-season and warm-season grasses.
Renovation is available for purchase through Smith Seed Services. For more information, please visit renovationclover.com.
Researchers at Noble Research Institute and University of Georgia have developed a new white clover variety called Renovation to help agricultural producers improve and maintain healthy, productive pastures. It is the first white clover released by the Noble Research Institute.
Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the Noble Research Institute conducts fundamental, translational and applied research; offers no-cost consultation and education to farmers, ranchers and land managers; operates seven research and demonstration farms; and educates students of all ages about science and agriculture. The Noble Research Institute was founded by Lloyd Noble, an Oklahoma oilman and philanthropist, in 1945 as The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to advance agriculture and land stewardship.