Senji or Indian sweet Clover | Melilotus indica

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Senji appears to be a drought-resistant clover. It is because of this quality; sometimes this fodder crop is preferred. Though a number of species are available, mostly the yellow and white varieties are used for fodder purposes.

Synonyms: Trifolium indicum, Melilotus parviflorus

Under dry and cold climate, it requires loams to heavy soils for its   propagation.

The sowing time of the crop is between September to the end of October. Since the fodder can  be grown in unirrigated areas, it is better to sow the crop immediately after the harvest of kharif crop, so that the residual moisture present in the soil can  be

 

utilized for the germination of seeds. Under irrigated conditions it gives about 300-350 quintals of fodder/ hectare. Under unirrigated conditions the yield is about 200-250 quintals.

Nutritive value

Senji or Indian sweet Clover | Melilotus indica

 

Indian clover contains 16.57% crude protein and 60% total digestible nutrients. Since it is legume, it is productive ration.