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  • Brenda Frketich is a third generation farmer from St. Paul, Oregon. She has been farming full time since 2006 and currently manages her family's 1000 acre farm. They raise grass seed, hazelnuts, crimson clover, wheat, vegetable seeds and peas. She grew up on the farm but never thought that farming was what would be her future. She left her small town to Los Angeles to get a degree in Business. But after years of city living she realized farming was in her blood. Brenda is very involved in many parts of her industry and community. She is a volunteer Firefighter and EMT in her small town. She is involved in Farm Bureau, is a Clover Commissioner, and always tries to find new ways to bridge the gap between her urban neighbors and her rural life of farming. One of the ways she does this is through this blog, and also her personal blog, www.Nuttygrass.com Brenda is married to Matt Frketich who has also recently started farming with her. They also have a son, Hoot, and old hunting dog, Diesel and farm dog Yukon.
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Crimson Clover Rotational Weed Control

by Brenda_Frketich on ‎01-19-2014 04:49 PM

This time of year I am always reminded how important that crop rotation is for our farm.  We are lucky to have many options of what to plant.  OUr farm for instance has grown over 10 different crops through the last 5 decades.  Right now we have only five crops that we rotate through our thousand acres every year.

 

One very important rotation crop has been crimson clover.  We can plant the crimson in the fall, get a crop off in the summer of seed.  But the important rotation benefits come this time of year for us.  When we are able to go out and spray for weeds.  It may sound strange, but allowing us to kill off grasses in a broadleaf field is a huge advantage when one of your main crops in grass seed.

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When you're farming for seed the cleanliness of the crop is always very important.  So when we plant crimson clover (a broadleaf plant) it allows many grassy weeds to grow, and in turn allows us to kill them off more easily using grass killing herbicides.  I took a few pictures when we were spraying those herbicides just the other day.  This field should have rows of clover with dirt in between...as you can see, we have quite a bit of grass that is growing in between the rows that is left over from crops of past and weeds of past.

 

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We are lucky to have options for crop rotations, and we are lucky that we can use them to our advantage to not only keep our fields cleaner, but also keep our soils healthier.  Crimson clover is also a very good crop for our soils.

 

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by michelle47055
on ‎01-30-2015 09:08 AM

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