Hairy Vetch

    Description

    Hairy vetch is the most cold tolerant winter annual legume. Tolerating temperatures as low as -30 degrees, this is best planted before the first frost in the fall and then it will resume growth in the spring. Hairy vetch is slower to green up and has slower spring growth compared to cereal rye and wheat but once it does get going, it grows very fast, doubling it’s growth each week through the month of May. With patience and a delayed corn planting, a full stand of vetch can consistently produce over 200 lbs of nitrogen in its biomass. As part of a winter cover crop or forage mix, vetch is commonly grown with rye or triticale.

    Hairy Vetch

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      Seeding Rate: 15 - 20 lbs per acre.

        Description

        Hairy vetch is the most cold tolerant winter annual legume. Tolerating temperatures as low as -30 degrees, this is best planted before the first frost in the fall and then it will resume growth in the spring. Hairy vetch is slower to green up and has slower spring growth compared to cereal rye and wheat but once it does get going, it grows very fast, doubling it’s growth each week through the month of May. With patience and a delayed corn planting, a full stand of vetch can consistently produce over 200 lbs of nitrogen in its biomass. As part of a winter cover crop or forage mix, vetch is commonly grown with rye or triticale.

        When is the right time to plant?

        Hairy Vetch has a minimum germination temp of 48 °F. Reference your average soil temperature to determine ideal planting time.
        Read this article for more info: When Can I Start Planting?

        Basic Info

        N Fix Potential 100 - 200
        Seeds/lb 12000
        C/N at Maturity Low
        Growth Habit Vining
        Root Type/Depth Medium Taproot
        Cold Kill -20 °F
        Dry Matter Potential 1 - 3 tons/acre

        Use & Characteristics

        Maturity Biennial days
        Lasting Residue Fair
        Palatability Very Good
        Hay Harvest Good
        Regrowth Good
        Deep Compaction Fair
        Surface Compaction Very Good
        Weed Suppression Very Good
        Crimp Kill Easy

        Planting

        Plant Depth 1/2 - 1 1/2"
        Min Germ Temp 48 °F
        Drilled Seed Rate 15 - 20 lbs/acre
        Broadcast Seed Rate 25 - 30 lbs/acre

        Tolerance

        Heat Fair
        Drought Good
        Shade Good
        Wet Soil Fair
        Low Fertility Good
        Low pH Soil Good
        High pH Salinity Good
        High pH Calcareous Good

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