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Weed Management in Clover1

J. A. Ferrell, B. A. Sellers, and P. Devkota 2

Cool-season clovers are important for grazing systems in Florida. Clover provides grazing flexibility during winter and spring while warm-season grasses/forages are dormant. Weeds are problematic in clover fields and weed control can be more challenging because clover plants are sensitive to many pasture herbicides. There are also fewer herbicide products registered for use on clover compared to other forage species, so chemical weed control programs have to be chosen carefully. Table 1 provides information on herbicides that can be applied for weed control in clover production systems.


Table 1. 

Weed management in clover.

Table 2. 

Estimated effectiveness of recommended herbicides on common weeds in Florida clover.


1. This document is SS-AGR-235, one of a series of the Agronomy Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date November 2005. Revised June 2020. Visit the EDIS website at for the currently supported version of this publication.
2. J. A. Ferrell, professor, Agronomy Department, and director, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants; B. A. Sellers, professor, Agronomy Department, and director, UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center; and P. Devkota, assistant professor, Agronomy Department, UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611. Original written by J. A. Ferrell; revised by P. Devkota.

The use of trade names in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information. UF/IFAS does not guarantee or warranty the products named, and references to them in this publication do not signify our approval to the exclusion of other products of suitable composition. All chemicals should be used in accordance with directions on the manufacturer's label. Use herbicides safely. Read and follow directions on the manufacturer's label.

Publication #SS-AGR-235

Date: 8/11/2020

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