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Hairy Vetch Seed
Typical nitrogen produced is 100 lbs. per acre. Hairy Vetch has rapid growth that makes it a good weed suppressant.
Sow with or without grain, grass or field peas!
When sown late summer, spring regrowth is vigorous and nitrogen-producing, for tilling in before planting the spring garden crops. Typical nitrogen produced is 100 lbs. per acre. Hairy Vetch has rapid growth that makes it a good weed suppressant.
Vetch (Vicia sp.)
- Cool season, broadleaf
- Annual or biennial
- Legume (N-fixation)
- Vining habit
- Examples include common, hairy, purple and smooth vetch
- Crude protein: 13-20%
- C:N ratio: 10-19
- Bees & Beneficial Insects
- Chicken Forage
- Deer Attractant
- Erosion Control
- Green Manure
- Nitrogen Fixation
- No Till
- Weed Suppression
How to Plant:
Till ground before planting. Then firm ground to make flat. Use a seed drill to get seeds underground and protected from light and heat. Smaller garden areas can be broadcast seeded and raked into the soil.
Rhizobium bacteria does not usually exist in high enough quantities to inoculate an entire crop of legumes. When legumes are inoculated with the proper strain of Rhizobium bacteria, they produce large, pink nodules on the roots of the legumes. The pinkish color comes from the presence of a hemoglobin-like molecule that is necessary for nitrogen fixation to occur. To inoculate, moisten seeds with just enough water to coat the seeds in a shallow bowl, pour on the inoculant and mix well to coat seeds. Plant seeds immediately after inoculation.
|Sowing Season||Seeding Depth||Seeding Rate (1,000 Sq. Ft.)||Seeding Rate (1 Acre)|
|Alfalfa||Spring & Summer||1/4 - 1/2"||1/2 lbs.||15-25 lbs.|
|Clover, Red||Anytime||1/4 - 1/2"||1/2 lbs.||25-30 lbs.|
|Clover, Sweet||Spring & Summer||1/4 - 1/2"||1/2 lb.||25-30 lbs.|
|Clover, White||Spring & Summer||1/4 - 1/2"||1/4 lb.||5-15 lbs.|
|Cowpeas||Spring & Summer||1 - 1/2"||2 lbs.||75 - 125 lbs.|
|Peas, Field||Spring or Fall||1 1/2 - 3"||3 lbs.||100-150 lbs.|
|Soybeans||Spring to Summer||1"||4 lbs.||150-175 lbs.|
|Vetch, Hairy||Anytime||1/2 - 1 1/2"||1 lb.||25-50 lbs.|
Cover Crop Calculator:
1 Acre = 43,560 square feet, or 435'x100'
1 Pound = 16 Ounces