Hairy Vetch Fixes Nitrogen & Provides Spring Forage for Livestock

nitrogen fixing Hairy VetchVicia villosa

Hairy vetch is a good cover crop choice where spring forage production and nitrogen contribution are desired. Though fall-planted hairy vetch may not have evident top growth, strong root development continues over the winter. Growth accelerates in the spring when plants can reach 12 feet in length. This viny growth can be very beneficial, as it smothers weeds and is a great nitrogen contributor; however, it can also be a challenge, as it is sometimes difficult to manage with hay cutting equipment.

Planting Instructions:

Seeding Rate:



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Ideal Soil:


15-20 lbs/acre drilled
25-30 lbs/ acre broadcast

In Mixes

10-15 lbs/acre drilled
15-20 lbs/ acre broadcast

1/4-1/2 inch

Tolerant of a wide variety of soils, including poorly drained soils and low pH (5.5 or lower, though 6.0-7.0 is ideal)

Nutrient Recycling Nitrogen Contribution Quick Growth Weed Suppression
Beneficial Insectary Erosion Control Water Management Forage Enhancement
Contact Details:
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