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From fieldcropnews.com
By Scott Banks, OMAFRA Cropping Systems Specialist

Red Clover is known to have many benefits in crop rotations both for soil health and fixing nitrogen for the following crop. Long-term rotation trials by Dr. Dave Hooker, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus and Dr. Bill Deen, University of Guelph, have shown significantly improved yields to both the corn and soybean crop from the inclusion of wheat in rotation and the added value of wheat underseeded to red cover.

Research by Dr. Deen has shown that the timing of nitrogen release from red clover aligns with the time when corn has the greatest need for nitrogen.

In recent years, with the emphasis on improved soil health and reduced soil erosion, more growers are looking at termination options that maximize the benefits from red clover other than fall tillage. With that in mind, a trial was conducted at the Winchester Research Station to compare the traditional fall tillage with a fall versus spring termination of red clover in the following cropping systems; 1) spring (reduced) tillage, 2) no-till system, and 3) “Plant Green”.

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