Hairy winter vetch is a very winter hardy legume used for pasture, hay, and green manure. This viney winter annual generally grows 2 to 4 feet in length. High in protein, this legume is very palatable and often grown with a companion crop such as rye, barley, triticale, and wheat.

Hairy vetch is tolerant of acidic soils but grows best on soils with a pH of 6.0. It should be sown in late late summer or early fall on a firm seedbed. Plant 40 lbs. per acre when sown alone or 25 to 30 lbs per acre when planted with a companion crop. It can also be sown in spring with oats.

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