Hairy Vetch

Crop Type Seeds/Lb Minimum Germination Temperature
cool season legume 12,000 48F

This cool season legume is the most winter hardy of the vetches, having been shown to handle temperatures down to 5F with little to no cover. This vetch is also a great option for attracting beneficial insects. Hairy vetch, when planted in the spring starts out slow, but by fall it will have put on a good amount of biomass which will also help in out competing weeds. It has been shown to sometimes be an issue trying to control with Roundup.

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
2 4 3 4 4 1 1 4 4 3 5

1 = Poor and 5 = Excellent