Every year, millions of acres are left fallow during the winter and early spring months. All because farmers believe that it is too costly to incorporate cover crops into their farming plan.
While that may have been the case in the past, recent breakthroughs by Grassland Oregon in the development of cold-tolerant clovers have changed the economic role of cover crops. Cover crops can deliver immediate positive returns during months that ground normally sits idle. In addition to the immediate benefit you also will benefit by the long term improvement of the soil structure and health. Cover crops now make sense on owned or leased acreage!
So while FIXatioN Balansa Clover is extremely good for your soils, it is also very nice to your bank account. University trials in Ohio and Illinois showed that FIXatioN Balansa Clover could make more than 100 dollars of nutrients available to the following crops.
FIXatioN is also very effective at creating nitrogen. Nodules that are on the tap-root interact synergistically with the special rhizobia contained in the seed coating to “fix” nitrogen from the air. This nitrogen is also stored in the plants tissues. Once the cover crop is terminated the microbes in the soil break down the plant material and in turn, make this nitrogen available to the following crop. Plant based nitrogen is more stable in the soil than commercial nitrogen. As a result, the nitrogen created by the FIXatioN cover crop will continue to be released over time for future crops.
Cover crops like FIXatioN Balansa Clover can be an important source of nutrients for the following crops. FIXatioN clover extends a tap root deep into the soil in the fall even though it might not exhibit a lot of above ground growth. This tap root is excellent for mining nutrients that lay deep in the soil and bring them up to where they are stored in the plant material. Once the cover crop is terminated and the plant tissues decompose, these minerals are released for use by the following crop.
Now that’s a cover crop that pays!
FIXatioN can be broadcasted into standing corn in the V7-V8 stage. The clover will sprout, but exhibit little foliar growth until the corn begins to dry down or the corn is removed.
FIXatioN is excellent when following small grains. We recommend that FIXatioN be drilled for best results. Be careful you don’t drill too deep! The seedbed should be firm and the seed planted at ¼ of an inch depth.
FIXatioN offers amazing performance in wet or water-logged soils, making it the perfect cover crop for rice! Capable of producing large amounts of nitrogen, FIXatioN will reduce fertility costs for your following crop.
FIXatioN is an excellent cover crop for cotton due to its high nitrogen fixation. For the best results, we recommend planting FIXatioN with Frosty berseem clover, Grassland Oregon’s new cold-tolerant berseem variety.
THE GENTLE GIANT
We counted 18 tillers on this FIXatioN plant, and 186 branches off those tillers!
FIXatioN suppresses weeds and keeps the soil cool and moist.
FIXatioN can get up to 10ft tall and yield over 5,250 lbs dry matter/acre.
Leaves of FIXatioN have the potential to grow as large as the palm of your hand!
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