Faba Bean

Crop TypeCool Season Legume
Seeds / Lb2,500
Minimum Germination Temperature45F

This cool season legume will produce a significant number of nodules when planted into ideal soil conditions, leading to a high N credit the year following. Faba beans have also been documented as producing extrafloral nectaries which attract lacewings and ants which are two beneficial organisms. About 40-60 days after planting, faba beans will start flowering which will also increase the attraction of beneficial insects. While not as winter hardy as vetches, these do handle temperatures down around 15 degrees, making them a good option for late season grazing.

Nitrogen Scavenger2
Soil Builder4
Prevent Erosion4
Weed Suppression3
Quick Growth3
Lasting Residue2
Make P and K Available2
Loosen Topsoil4
Suppress Disease3
Attract Beneficial Insects4

1 = Poor and 5 = Excellent