Extension bulletin describes birdsfoot trefoil use as forage alternative

            A new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension addresses some of the major factors to consider when establishing birdsfoot trefoil.

Birdsfoot trefoil is a potential alternative to alfalfa, especially under poor acidic soil conditions and where a bloating-free forage legume is desired, said Anowar Islam, extension forage specialist.

The bulletin is Birdsfoot Trefoil: Establishment and Management as Monocultures and Mixtures in Wyoming, B-1321.

Birdsfoot trefoil is adapted to Wyoming conditions and performs well when grown either as a monocrop or in mixtures with compatible grasses and legumes, Islam said.

“Although slow to establish, the plant produces high yields of high nutritive-value forage,” he said.

The free bulletin can be viewed or downloaded by going to www.uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking on the Find a Publication link. Type either the title or number in the search field.