Crimson Clover Cover Crop Plant

Crimson clover is a cool season annual legume used as both forage and as a green manure crop. In no-till, strip-till and organic applications, it is used for soil cover and nitrogen fixing; having the ability to provide from 70-130 lbs/ac of nitrogen for the following crop. Establish crimson clover six weeks before frost and expect slow fall growth with rapid spring growth.

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Key Benefits

  • Nitrogen Fixing

  • Rapid Spring Growth

  • Performs Best on Wet Soils

Herbicides To Avoid

Corn

  • Atrazine or simazine at >1 lb will be problematic for legumes and mustards unless lots of rain

    • <0.75 lab/A may allow for most legume cover crops, mustards, and annual ryegrass.
    • Atrazine < 1 lb/A can allow cereal grain establishment
  • Mesotrione (Callisto, Lumax, Lexar etc.), flumetsulam (Python) and clopyralid (Stinger, Hornet, SureStart) can be problematic for legumes and mustards like canola and forage radish.

Soybean

  • Chlorimuron (Classic, Canopy, Cloak, etc.), Imazethapyr (Pursuit), and fomesafen (Reflex etc.) could be a problem for fall seeded legume or mustard covers including radish. However, establishment of cereal grains should be OK.

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Nitrogen Produced 70 – 130 LBS/AC
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 12 – 15
Broadcast: 15 – 18
Aerial: 15 – 18
Seeding Depth ¼” – ½”
Minimum Germination Temperature 42° F
Interseed Late
Seeds/LB 140,000 – 150,000

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Nitrogen Produced 70 – 130 LBS/AC
Seeding Rate

LBS/A

Drilled: 12 – 15
Broadcast: 15 – 18
Aerial: 15 – 18
Seeding Depth ¼” – ½”
Min. Germ. F° 42° F
Interseed Late
Seeds/LB 140,000 – 150,000