Hairy Vetch

Vicia villosa

USDA NOP Approved. Organically Grown and Temperature Hardy Annual Cover Crop.
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  • Hairy Vetch - 10 lbs.
    SKU: 1840082
  • $21.80
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  • Hairy Vetch - 50 lbs.
    SKU: 1840085
  • $109.00
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Hairy Vetch, Vicia villosa is a widely used, annual cover crop that is the most cold tolerant of the vetches. It can withstand temperatures to 0° F. Hairy Vetch has a density that helps cool the soil and it has roots that grow to 3' deep for good drought resistance and soil stabilization.


  • USDA NOP Approved
  • Excellent for sandy and low fertility soils.
  • Helps stabilize and cool soils.
  • Tolerates acidic soils.
  • Hairy vetch is excellent for reducing weed growth.
Germination Temp.………59° to 73°F ambient

Days to Maturity..…………260 Days. Seed in fall for maturity in the following July.


Usage Rate:
  • Seed at 3 – 4 lbs. per 1000 square feet
  • Seed at 30 – 40 lbs per acre
Recommended Inoculant:………Use Field Pea & Vetch Inoculant

Suggested Use:...........………Plant alone or use as a nurse crop for oats or rye to increase biomass. The oats or rye will help support the vetch to have an upright vine-like growth. Consider planting with wintering rye as an overwintering crop.

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