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New white clover variety developed, released to market

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

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.

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white clover variety called Renovation
Renovation white clover variety
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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, Noble’s goal is to achieve regenerative land stewardship in grazing animal production with producer profitability. Achievement of this goal will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.

Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production, and livestock production. Regenerative management recognizes that each decision made on the ranch impacts the interactions of the soil, plants, water, animals and producers. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

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