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Common Vetch

Vicia sativa
HOW TO GROW COMMON VETCH

SOWING
Sow September 15 to November 1, with or without grain, grass, oats or field peas for over wintering cover, inoculate. Can be spring sown.

ADAPTATION
Best adapted to well drained, fertile soils, used on highway cuts, seeded on steep banks for erosion control. Not tolerant of wet soils.

MANAGEMENT
In a mixture with oat, rye, or barley, it affords pasturage in the late winter and early spring. Common vetch lacks grazing tolerance and it is best utilized in rotational grazing. Grazing should be begin when plants have are 5 to 6 inches tall. Close grazing below the lowest leaf axil will remove axillary buds, resulting in slow re-growth. If sufficient moisture is available and the stock is removed in March, hay can be harvested in May. The protein content of vetch hay ranges from 12 to 20%.

SHIPPING COST
25-lb., 50-lb. and larger sizes ship via ground transportation. Select the appropriate Bulk Shipping option at checkout. We may email you additional shipping costs separately based on your total order weight, zone and palleting costs.

Soil pH 4.5–8.2. Hardiness zones 9. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 7,000–8000 seeds per pound. Sow average of 50–75 lbs per acre, 2–4 lb per 1000 square feet. Organic systems should plant 1/3 to 1/2 heavier to allow for some weed pressures. Usual seed life: 5–6 years.

Planting Depth 1/2–3/4"
Soil Temp. Germ. 50–60˚F
Days to Germ. 10–14
Plant Spacing 6–9.5”
Row Spacing 6–10”
Days To Maturity 60–300
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained Soil

Common Vetch Seed Count
1 Pound ≈ 8,014 seeds
5 Pounds ≈ 40,070 seeds
25 Pounds ≈ 200m seeds
50 Pounds ≈ 401m seeds
100 Pounds ≈ 801m seeds
  • common vetch image##Photo: Phil Sellens##

    Photo: Phil Sellens

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  • common vetch image##Photo: Eike Wulfmeyer##

    Photo: Eike Wulfmeyer

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  • 1 Pound$7.19
  • 5 Pounds$16.88
  • 25 Pounds$65.94
  • 50 Pounds$109.69
  • 100 Pounds$263.75

Less winter hardy than hairy vetch. Early growth not as palatable for grazing as after bloom. Similar to hairy vetch in usage. More acceptable for hay than hairy vetch. Common Vetch is the largest, most vigorous leguminous plant in the Vicia genus. It is tolerant of light mowing and will re-grow in pastures after...

Less winter hardy than hairy vetch. Early growth not as palatable for grazing as after bloom. Similar to hairy vetch in usage. More acceptable for hay than hairy vetch. Common Vetch is the largest, most vigorous leguminous plant in the Vicia genus. It is tolerant of light mowing and will re-grow in pastures after moderate grazing. Grows to 2’ as aslone, 3–5’ with cereal crop support. Typically fixes 50–110 lbs per acre nitrogen and can add 3,000-6,000 lbs of organic matter per acre. Has a tap root that can reach 3–5’ deep. The flowers are mostly visited by bumblebees.

Horses thrive very well on Common Vetch, even better than on clover and rye grass; the same applies to fattening cattle, which feed faster on vetch than on most grasses or other edible plants. Bloat is a risk when dealing with common vetch. Moderate bloat potential.

Disadvantages of hairy vetch has a portion of hard seed and its tendency to shatter seed early in the season, leading to it remaining in the field as a weed later in the season. This can be a particular problem in wheat production. Many seed processors can remove the vetch from the wheat, creating a valuable cover crop seed.

Also known as Vicia sativa subspecies: cordata, nigra (narrow-leaved vetch), sativa and segetalis. Synonyms for subspecies nigra are: angustifolia, consobrina, cordata, cuneata, heterophylla, var. minor, var. nigra.

Tags: Color: Purple, Specialty: Cover Crop, Specialty: Drought Tolerant, Season: Spring Fall Winter.

Common Vetch has also been part of the human diet, as attested by carbonised remains found at early Neolithic sites in Syria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia. It has also been reported from predynastic sites of ancient Egypt and several Bronze Age sites in Turkmenia and Slovakia. Later vetch cultivation occurred in Roman times, referred to by Roman Marcus Varro in his agriculture text book.
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  • common vetch image##Photo: Phil Sellens##

    Photo: Phil Sellens

    📷
  • common vetch image##Photo: Eike Wulfmeyer##

    Photo: Eike Wulfmeyer

    📷

Common Vetch

Vicia sativa

Less winter hardy than hairy vetch. Early growth not as palatable for grazing as after bloom. Similar to hairy vetch in usage. More acceptable for hay than hairy vetch. Common Vetch is the largest, most vigorous leguminous plant in the Vicia genus. It is tol...

Less winter hardy than hairy vetch. Early growth not as palatable for grazing as after bloom. Similar to hairy vetch in usage. More acceptable for hay than hairy vetch. Common Vetch is the largest, most vigorous leguminous plant in the Vicia genus. It is tolerant of light mowing and will re-grow in pastures after moderate grazing. Grows to 2’ as aslone, 3–5’ with cereal crop support. Typically fixes 50–110 lbs per acre nitrogen and can add 3,000-6,000 lbs of organic matter per acre. Has a tap root that can reach 3–5’ deep. The flowers are mostly visited by bumblebees.

Horses thrive very well on Common Vetch, even better than on clover and rye grass; the same applies to fattening cattle, which feed faster on vetch than on most grasses or other edible plants. Bloat is a risk when dealing with common vetch. Moderate bloat potential.

Disadvantages of hairy vetch has a portion of hard seed and its tendency to shatter seed early in the season, leading to it remaining in the field as a weed later in the season. This can be a particular problem in wheat production. Many seed processors can remove the vetch from the wheat, creating a valuable cover crop seed.

Also known as Vicia sativa subspecies: cordata, nigra (narrow-leaved vetch), sativa and segetalis. Synonyms for subspecies nigra are: angustifolia, consobrina, cordata, cuneata, heterophylla, var. minor, var. nigra.

Tags: Color: Purple, Specialty: Cover Crop, Specialty: Drought Tolerant, Season: Spring Fall Winter.

Common Vetch has also been part of the human diet, as attested by carbonised remains found at early Neolithic sites in Syria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia. It has also been reported from predynastic sites of ancient Egypt and several Bronze Age sites in Turkmenia and Slovakia. Later vetch cultivation occurred in Roman times, referred to by Roman Marcus Varro in his agriculture text book.
Learn More
HOW TO GROW COMMON VETCH

SOWING
Sow September 15 to November 1, with or without grain, grass, oats or field peas for over wintering cover, inoculate. Can be spring sown.

ADAPTATION
Best adapted to well drained, fertile soils, used on highway cuts, seeded on steep banks for erosion control. Not tolerant of wet soils.

MANAGEMENT
In a mixture with oat, rye, or barley, it affords pasturage in the late winter and early spring. Common vetch lacks grazing tolerance and it is best utilized in rotational grazing. Grazing should be begin when plants have are 5 to 6 inches tall. Close grazing below the lowest leaf axil will remove axillary buds, resulting in slow re-growth. If sufficient moisture is available and the stock is removed in March, hay can be harvested in May. The protein content of vetch hay ranges from 12 to 20%.

SHIPPING COST
25-lb., 50-lb. and larger sizes ship via ground transportation. Select the appropriate Bulk Shipping option at checkout. We may email you additional shipping costs separately based on your total order weight, zone and palleting costs.

Soil pH 4.5–8.2. Hardiness zones 9. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 7,000–8000 seeds per pound. Sow average of 50–75 lbs per acre, 2–4 lb per 1000 square feet. Organic systems should plant 1/3 to 1/2 heavier to allow for some weed pressures. Usual seed life: 5–6 years.

Planting Depth 1/2–3/4"
Soil Temp. Germ. 50–60˚F
Days to Germ. 10–14
Plant Spacing 6–9.5”
Row Spacing 6–10”
Days To Maturity 60–300
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained Soil

Common Vetch Seed Count
1 Pound ≈ 8,014 seeds
5 Pounds ≈ 40,070 seeds
25 Pounds ≈ 200m seeds
50 Pounds ≈ 401m seeds
100 Pounds ≈ 801m seeds
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