>We have been researching various legume plus nonlegume mixes for
>over-winter cover cropping in south coastal British Columbia. As a nitrogen
>fixer, Hairy vetch is a better and more reliable N fixer as compared to
>crimson clover and the other legumes evaluated. We have been reluctant to
>promote its use, however, due to the concern of local farmers that it will
>re-appear as a volunteer in the summer crop rotation. It was felt that it
>was more important to firmly establish the practice of over-winter cover
>cropping before risking a possible hairy vetch control problem.
>We are interested in any scientific references or practical experience
>relative to hairy vetch as a weed especially in low input or organic
>farming systems. Could we be dealing with a hard seed, delayed germination
>situation or simply preventing it from going to seed in the spring?
>Any help would be appreciated!
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