One of my favorite crops that we grow on our farm is crimson clover. We grow this crop for seed and as a rotational crop between grass species. One of the main reasons it’s my favorite is because of how beautiful it is. As a side note, this crop is not usually grown because it makes us any money (hahaha)! Maybe that’s not funny to people who aren’t farmers, but the point here is that we grow some crops because of the benefits they give us in the soil and in rotational weed control, not because of how cushioned they make our pocketbooks.
We will harvest this crop late June to early July. Until that point we get to watch it get more and more red as the bees do their work pollinating. We bring about one hive of bees per acre to pollinate. These bees along with native bees do all the work to get us a good seed crop. Once the blooms are done, the bees are removed to other crops to feed them. Then we wait while the crop matures, dries down and gets ready to be harvested.
The seed that we harvest will be cleaned to be free of any weeds or other seeds. And then sold and used for cover cropping, wildlife mixes and soil regeneration projects. Until then while you drive around this time of year, look around and enjoy the beauty these fields bring to the Oregon landscape.