Common Vetch

Crop Type Seeds/Lb Minimum Germination Temperature
Cool Season Legume 8,000 42F

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 scavenger Soil builder Prevent Erosion Weed Suppression Grazing Quick Growth Lasting Residue Make P and K Available Loosen Topsoil Suppress Disease Attract Beneficial Insects
3 3 4 4 5 4 2 3 4 3 5

1 = Poor and 5 = Excellent