Giant Crimson clover (Trifolium incarnatum) is a relatively new cover crop! Used this annual clover effectively as a cover crop in corn, soybeans and wheat. Crimson clover has taller flower stems, grows more quickly and has larger seeds than the more commonly used red clover.
BENEFITS Giant Crimson clover's many benefits include:
Nitrogen credit for succeeding crops
Increased soil organic matter and decreased soil erosion and surface water pollution
Decreased weed pressure, especially in spring and fall
Use as a forage or pasture species
Crimson clover's primary advantages are rapid growth during cool weather, shade tolerance and a positive reseeding potential. Thus, crimson clover can be planted early in spring or fall for weed control, or overseeded in corn at second cultivation or in soybeans at leaf drop. Because of its shade tolerance and reseeding potential, crimson is also effective as a living cover in orchards.