No, Ed Fielder is not an Alabama football fan. In fact, the longtime Creswell farmer was as surprised as anyone to find the fields of his Route 136 farm covered in vibrant, soft crimson clover.
The bright red clover was planted via helicopter in August by Tommy Adams III, who leases Fielder's 260-some acres near Schucks Road.
"I have never seen it look prettier," Fielder, a former county councilman and lifelong Harford resident, said as he drove his truck past the rows of crimson Monday.
It wasn't planted for decorative reasons, of course. Crimson clover is a legume that has become a popular cover crop, as it "fixes" nitrogen from the atmosphere to help other plants, particularly corn, grow.
That also means the unusual sight won't last long. Adams said he expects to spray the clover fields Wednesday to make way for the corn crop.