Crimson clover has erect stems, grows more quickly and has larger seeds than the more commonly used red clover. Crimson clover's primary advantages are rapid growth during cool weather and shade tolerance. Crimson clover can be planted early in the spring or fall for weed control, overseeded in corn at second cultivation or in soybeans at leaf drop. Because of its shade tolerance, crimson clover is also effective as a living ground cover in orchards. Crimson clover has been used effectively to suppress weeds when planted in the early fall, following a short-season crop such as potatoes, snap beans, vegetables or following winter wheat. Planting with a grass, such as fast growing oats, gives additional weed control in these situations.
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