Kura clover can be no-tilled into pastures if the existing grasses are suppressed with a herbicide say University of Minnesota researchers.

They note that kura clover is slow to establish, thus is susceptible to seeding-year competition. But, once established, it persists indefinitely and produces high yields of quality forage.

They conducted field experiments to find out if herbicide suppression would improve establishment success compared with red and white clover. Grasses were suppressed with either glyphosate or paraquat.

Red clover outyielded kura and white clover in the seeding year and the year after seeding. But when a herbicide was used, kura clover stands increased to satisfactory levels by the second year.