Hairy vetch

Species: Hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth)
Cultivars:
Origin: Mediterranean region
Use: Grazing, pasture.
Description:
General:

Life Span:

Short, 2-3 feet tall, vine and tendrils growth.
Presents at least 8 purple flowers in a raceme.
Annual
Adaptation:
pH:
Soil:
Rainfall:
5.0-7.5
Sandy-loam, clay loam.
18-65 Inches.
Management:
Seeding Rate:
Planting Date:
Planting Depth:
Seed Cost:
Season of Use:
Production:
20-25 lb/A
September-October
0.25-.5 inch
$25-30/A
March-May
2000-4000 lb/A
Notes:
  • Inoculate with Rhizobia bacteria specific to vetch (Type C).
  • Moderate bloat potential.
  • Vetches lack grazing tolerance – best utilized if rotationally grazed.
  • Hairy vetch more cold hardy than ‘common’ vetch.
  • A mature crop carries 150 lb N/Ac.

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