Planting Crown Vetch - Knowledgebase Question

Kimberling City, MO
Question by lew6
September 11, 1998
Is fall a good time to plant crown vetch seed in this area?


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Answer from NGA
September 11, 1998

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Vetch is an excellent green manure cover crop! It's best planted in late summer or early fall, at a rate of 1-2 punds per 1000 square feet. Vetch captures and fixes nitrogen in the soil, and adds organic matter when it's tilled under in the spring. Be sure to mow it down before it flowers in the spring!

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