Re: Hairy vetch a weed?
Steve Groff (email@example.com)
Wed, 18 Feb 1998 23:51:51 -0500
I've been using hairy vetch as a winter cover crop for 4 years now and
have also found it to be a great source of nitrogen. The main cause for
concern is for volunteers (hard seed that germinates a year after
initial establishment) , in a small grain crop as the vetch seed matures
at the same time as the small grain is ready to harvest. Since the seed
sizes are similar, the combine can't seperate it out. I have experianced
this in my fields and have heard of others who have also.(just a plant
here and there) The only solution I knew of was to spray a little 2,4-D
to control it in the wheat. If you don't have small grains in your
rotation I don't think it will be a problem. If there is a way to keep
volunteer vetch out of small grains with out herbicides, I would like to
know about it.
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Holtwood PA 17532 USA
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