Vital Hairy Vetch Cover Crop Plant

Vital hairy vetch is a more winter-hardy variety that can produce upwards of 200 lbs/ac of nitrogen depending on termination timing. With a C:N ratio in the teens, it makes a large contribution to soil organic matter and breaks down quickly. Cover crop mixes consisting of five pounds of Vital hairy vetch and twelve pounds Bounty annual ryegrass is a great cover crop before corn. Inoculate Vital hairy vetch before planting to ensure maximum nitrogen production.

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Key Benefits

  • Produces up to 200 lbs of nitrogen

  • Fast break down

  • Winter-hardy

Herbicides To Avoid

Corn

  • Atrazine or simazine at >1 lb will be problematic for legumes and mustards unless lots of rain

    • <0.75 lab/A may allow for most legume cover crops, mustards, and annual ryegrass.
    • Atrazine < 1 lb/A can allow cereal grain establishment
  • Mesotrione (Callisto, Lumax, Lexar etc.), flumetsulam (Python) and clopyralid (Stinger, Hornet, SureStart) can be problematic for legumes and mustards like canola and forage radish.

Soybean

  • Chlorimuron (Classic, Canopy, Cloak, etc.), Imazethapyr (Pursuit), and fomesafen (Reflex etc.) could be a problem for fall seeded legume or mustard covers including radish. However, establishment of cereal grains should be OK.

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate

LBS/A

Drilled: 15 – 20
Broadcast: 25 – 40
Aerial: N/A
Seeding Depth 0.5″ – 1.5″
Min. Germ. F° 60° F
Interseed Yes
Seeds/LB 20,000

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate

LBS/A

Drilled: 15 – 20
Broadcast: 25 – 40
Aerial: N/A
Seeding Depth 0.5″ – 1.5″
Min. Germ. F° 60° F
Interseed Yes
Seeds/LB 20,000