Environmental Impact Research Program. Yellow Sweetclover (Melilotus officinalis) Section 7.3.4, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual.
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ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
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A plant materials report on yellow sweetclover Melilotus officinalis is provided as Section 7.3.4 of the US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual. The report was prepared as a guide to assist the Corps District or project biologist with the selection, cultivation, and management of suitable plant materials for development of wildlife habitat. Topics covered for yellow sweetclover include description, distribution, habitat requirements, wildlife value, establishment, maintenance, and cautions and limitations. Yellow sweetclover is a bushy, cool-season, biennial legume that is widely used in agriculture and provides food and cover for a variety of wildlife species. Diagnostic features of yellow sweetclover are described, and the species distribution and region of greatest potential management use are shown. Habitat preferences and soil and moisture requirements are discussed. Benefits to wildlife, primarily upland game birds and big game mammals, are described. Specifications are given for establishing sweetclover stands for wildlife topics addressed include site selection, site preparation, propagule selection, and planting methods. Planting mixtures are recommended for several habitat types. Maintenance requirements and cautions and limitations are discussed. Author
- Agronomy, Horticulture and Aquiculture