An experimental study of the forage production from ten pasture legumes in the Gulf Coast Area



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The yields of ten different legumes from randomized replicated field plots have been studied to determine their relative forage yielding ability on Lake Charles clay. This study was conducted in the Coastal Plains Soil Conservation District of Texas, in the suburban area of Rosenberg, Texas. The Soil Conservation Service designation of this soil is sell unit 1, capability III, Information obtained during this experiment showed (1) the relative forage yielding ability of the legumes under the coalitions of the study, (2) adaptation of the legumes to climatic conditions existing during the period of observation, and (3) possible value of each legume as a pasture, hay, or silage plant. The effect of lack of moisture during the early part of the growing season seriously limited forage yields during the fall and winter months. Four of the ten legumes in this study indicated considerable utility as forage and soil structure improving crops' These were white blossom biennial sweetclover, Madrid sweetclover, alfalfa, and red clover. Three of the ten legumes, white-Dutch clover, Persian clover, and red clover, showed particular promise as pasture plants.