Frost-Seeding Red Clover
Last year, Farmer Harold seeded a Red Clover cover crop into his field of Erisman Soft Red Winter Wheat. In this short video, he explains how the cover crop works year round to provide nutrients to the soil and to the organic grains grown on Janie's Farm.
And once the red clover germinates, it provides a host of benefits to our fields and to the environment. Because red clover is a slow-growing, cool-season legume, it does not interfere with the wheat crop. In fact, it actually helps the wheat, the soil, and the entire ecosystem in many ways, including:
- Before the wheat is harvested, the clover forms a low canopy that suppresses weeds
- After the harvest, it continues to grow and pump nitrogen into the soil to help the next grain crop grow
- Increases soil organic matter
- Increases the soil's water-holding capacity
- Reduces soil erosion and surface water pollution
- Serves as habitat and a food source for pollinators, birds, and many other animals
These are just a few of the reasons that the Janie's Farm team has been out in the fields on the cold and snowy days of winter -- preparing for good things to come!
Posted on February 06 2023