Crops: One farm’s approach to diversification – add red clover to your crop rotation

Oliver Haan and his wife Renate are finding that underseeding barley with single cut red clover is proving a useful source of feed and saving him $200-$250 an acre


Oliver Haan has big plans for red clover and he thinks the crop could benefit traditional cash croppers, too.

Haan and his wife, Renate, run a mixed farm operation on the back roads of Hastings County. Their primary product is frozen pork that is direct marketed, along with beef and other locally produced items such as vegetables and meat pies, at several area farmers’ markets. They also sell their pork direct to restaurants and caterers, as well as through a local food marketer. The medication-free pork comes from their 85-sow, farrow-to-finish closed herd.

Better Farming - December 2009