What can I use that is safe to kill clover in a horse pasture?

Asked April 7, 2014, 9:43 PM EDT

What can I use that is safe to kill clover in a horse pasture?

Madison County Ohio

1 Response

There are several options for grass pastures available that do not have a waiting period for horses since they are not used for meat or milk. Some may be restricted use but there are options you can purchase if you do not have a pesticide license. A free pdf of the 2014 weed control guide is available at: http://agcrops.osu.edu/specialists/weeds/specialist-links/2010%20Weed%20Control%20Guide.pdf

Page 152 has a chart that lists the products effective on clover. Pages 145-150 have details of each product. For example Cimarron Max is given the highest rating of control for clover. Then looking at the description you can see any restrictions such as when it is safe to apply to bluegrass or any grazing restrictions for animals.

One thing to note with clover is that when pastures are grazed down very close to the ground, clover will be more likely to take over since it is low growing. If you are able to leave 2-3 inches or 4-5 inches depending on the species, that will help the grass out compete the clover. Here is a good guide on grazing recommendations: http://extension.psu.edu/agronomy-guide/cm/sec8/sec810l. If you have other questions, please feel free to email me.