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.
Adams planted the clover both at Fielder's Fairview farm and at a nearby farm called Fair Haven, owned by Adams' father, Fielder said.
Adams said he planted about 70 acres of the clover last year, including a little bit in Perryman.
In the meantime, however, the crimson clover fields have been getting plenty of attention from passersby, neighbors and even strangers on Facebook, where Fielder posted two photos of the crop.
Fielder first noticed the crop about 10 days ago, he said Monday. Since then, he has seen people wowed by the fields as they pass on Schucks Road or Route 136.
"They stop to take pictures because they have seen it on Facebook," he said, adding he even saw one woman with a whole bundle of clover.
"It is pretty," Fielder, who incidentally is a graduate of Cornell (aka The Big Red), said.