Crimson clover is a cool season annual legume, used as forage, soil conservation, and as a green manure crop. Crimson is easily established and will tolerate colder temperatures than other clovers, and will perform on soils with pH ranges from 4.8-8.2, suggested pH is between 5.8-6.5. It should be established six weeks prior to frost. In no-till application, crimson clover is used primarily for soil cover and nitrogen fixation; having the ability to provide from 70-130 lbs of N for the following crop.

Benefit

  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Rapid spring growth
  • Excellent in mixes following corn

 

Termination

  • To terminate by tillage, multiple passes may be required
  • To terminate by herbicide, use 1 pint of 2-4D or Sharpen with glyphosate

Seeding Dates: (Midwest) mid-August thru mid-September, (Southern US) September thru October
Seeding Rates: drill 12-15 lbs/ac, broadcast 15-18 lbs/ac
Seeding Depth: 1/4 - 1/2"

Crimson clover should be inoculated prior to seeding. Crimson clover is a host for the soybean cyst nematode.