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Sow September 15 to November 1, with or without grain, grass, oats or field peas for over wintering cover, inoculate. Can be spring sown.
Best adapted to well drained, fertile soils, used on highway cuts, seeded on steep banks for erosion control. Not tolerant of wet soils.
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%.
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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.