Quantifying the benefits of legume cover crops


  • Matt Ruark
  • Chelsea Zegler
  • Jamie West
  • Hannah Francis
  • University of Wisconsin Department of Soil Science
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Red clover, when interseeded (or frost-seeded) with winter wheat offers the potential for economic return in the form of N credits, rotational yield bump and the potential for harvest as forage, all without idling cropland for the sake of cover cropping. This study was conducted during the 2017-2018 and the 2018-2019 growing seasons, with red clover being frost-seeded into water wheat for the first year and corn yields being evaluated in the second year.