Common Vetch

Crop TypeCool Season Legume
Seeds / Lb8,000
Minimum Germination Temperature42F

A viney cool season legume, common vetch is ideal when cost is a concern, but fixing N is still a main part of the overall goal. When planted in the spring, it is rather slow to grow but will put on good biomass in the fall. This is a great legume for grazing, because of its palatability and high crude protein content. It does need to be noted that due to its hard seed, there have been some cases of common vetch being hard to control in years following.

Nitrogen Scavenger3
Soil Builder3
Prevent Erosion4
Weed Suppression4
Quick Growth4
Lasting Residue2
Make P and K Available3
Loosen Topsoil4
Suppress Disease3
Attract Beneficial Insects5

1 = Poor and 5 = Excellent