Crimson Clover

  • Fast Facts

    Nitrogen contribution. Commonly Fixes 70-150lb N/ac.

    Quick growing. Thrives in cool spring weather.

    Soil Building. Roots and top growth.

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    Crimson Clover is a reliable nitrogen producing cover crop. It tolerates a wide variety of soils, works well in mixes, and also is an option for grazing or forage use.  The extensive rooting system helps to improve infiltration and build soil organic matter. Crimson clovers flowers are also very aesthetically pleasing.

    Type: Nitrogen Fixer (Legume)

    Planting Timing:  3-10 weeks before killing frost; frost seed

    Seeding Rate:

    • Precision: 8
    • Drill: 12
    • Broadcast: 15

    Seeds/lb:  ~150,000 seeds/lb.

    Planting Depth:  ¼- ½ in.

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    Yes – Graphex SA™ for Cover Crops

Benefits of Crimson Clover

(Based on Midwest Cover Crop Council ratings)

Nitrogen Fixer: Excellent
Nutrient Scavenger: Fair
Soil Builder: Excellent
Compaction Relief

Topsoil: Good
Subsoil: Fair

Erosion Control: Good
Residue Decomposition: Moderate
Weed Suppression: Fair
Grazing: Excellent
Forage Value: Good
Attracts Beneficial Insects: Good


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