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Clover Covers Offer More Than Just Nitrogen

Several no-tillers discuss how they’re working out the kinks of using clover cover crops and raking in the benefits in their no-till fields.

Nitrogen production is usually first on the list of reasons to use a clover cover crop, but no-tillers are finding there are many more benefits to be had.

Root pits have revealed that clover roots run surprisingly deep, and experts have note that soil biology and soil tilth have improved markedly where clover is used. In most of the Eastern Corn Belt, crimson clover establishes quickly and overwinters.

“Clovers have a tremendous root mass that…

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Martha Mintz

Since 2011, Martha has authored the highly popular “What I’ve Learned About No-Till” series that has appeared in every issue of No-Till Farmer since August of 2002.


Growing up on a cattle ranch in southeastern Montana, Martha is a talented ag writer and photographer who lives with her family in Billings, Montana.

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