• Fast Facts

    Extreme N Production.

    Outcompetes weeds in spring.

    Mellows Topsoil.

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    Hairy Vetch is an old standby known mostly for reliable nitrogen production, commonly upwards of 200lb/ac.  Its spring growth can be very vigorous and outcompete weeds. Once killed this mat will also help to suppress weeds.  Hairy vetch is a good fit as a monoculture or in a mix- especially cereal crops.

    Type: Nitrogen Fixer (Legume)

    Planting Timing:  2 -10 weeks before killing frost

    Seeding Rate:

    • Precision: 8
    • Drill: 15
    • Broadcast: 20

    Seeds/lb:  21,000 seeds/lb.

    Planting Depth:  ½ – 1.5 in.

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    Yes – Graphex SA™ for Cover Crops

Benefits of Hairy Vetch

Nitrogen Fixer: Excellent
Nutrient Scavenger: Poor
Soil Builder: Good
Compaction Relief

Topsoil: Good
Subsoil: Fair

Erosion Control: Fair
Residue Decomposition: Moderate
Weed Suppression: Good
Grazing: n/a
Forage Value: Poor
Attracts Beneficial Insects: Fair


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