Sainfoin Hay

Asked October 11, 2016, 1:15 PM EDT

    I am interested in planting Sainfoin as a hay crop and as a forage for my honey bees. I know it is primarily grown out west and I would like to know if it would do well here. If it would, at what rate should it be planted? Thank you.

Putnam County Tennessee

1 Response

Here is Missouri we don't recommend sainfoin. Our state forage specialist did graduate work with this crop in the west and would not recommend it for Missouri since it prefers deep calcareous soils, high pH, is susceptible to crown rots and persistence is low. However on a small experimental scale, you might want to try it for the benefit of the bees.