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Hairy Vetch

Hairy vetch is a multipurpose legume that is used for cover crop and livestock forage. Hairy vetch is excellent for cover crop systems throughout the United States, especially where winter conditions can be a factor. With its ability for fixing nitrogen in crop rotations, this provides high yields of palatable forage for livestock, and is a great addition in mixtures with other legumes, cereals, grasses and forbs.

Uses: 

  • Cover Crop, Ground Cover, Erosion Control, Green manure and Hay Production

Identification: 

  • Hardy, Viney, Annual or Biennial Legume. 
  • Commonly used for cover crops in organic farming
  • Excellent Erosion Control and weed suppression

Establishment: 

  • Recommend planting time is spring, summer and fall when night time temperatures are consistently 65+ degrees
  • 10-14 days under prime conditions

Seeding Rates:

  • 1.25 lbs. per 1,000 sqft
  • 40-50 lbs. per acre

Available in: 

  • Comes by the pound and in pre-packaged 50 pound bags.