Winter vetch

Winter vetch- Vicia villosa - Winterwikke - Winterwicke - Vesce velue
Sowing rate
90-125 kg/ha
Till mid-autumn
Sowing depth
1-2 cm
Row distance
Like cereals
Annual plant

Winter vetch is known as hairy vetch, fodder vetch or winter vetch. Hairy vetch is widely used by organic growers as a wintercover crop as it is both winter hardy and can fix atmospheric nitrogen. Disadvantages of hairy vetch in conventional agriculture are related to its hard seeds and the tendency to shatter seed early in the season, leading to weedy volunteers.