Updated: Jul 7, 2020
So, with the help of my supervisors at Aberystwyth University, Dr Ana Winters and Dr Peter Wootton-Beard, I have planted 21 red clover varieties, repeated at two different farms, with different environmental conditions (water, fertiliser etc). These will be sampled throughout the summer of 2020, with lab work taking place during the following winter. This should give us an idea of which varieties perform best under what conditions. Lots of work, but quite exciting!
As well as the cultivated varieties, wild red clover grows on the farm. It is very small compared to cultivated varieties, but it has survived without any help, so we are sampling it to see whether it has any unique charcteristics.