AU Merit Hairy Vetch


Tolerates wet feet and late planting best of the winter annual legumes, but is also the latest maturing. A bit of a “sleeper” species in that you don’t see much in the fall or early winter, but takes off in the mid to late spring. It pairs extremely well with ryegrass. Can reseed itself, so be cautious in cover crop scenarios where small grain production is part of the rotation. Works great in grazing, haylage, and cover crop scenarios.

  • Highest nitrogen fixation potential
  • Terminate or harvest before flowering to prevent reseeding
  • Very palatable, low bloat risk
  • AU Merritt vs VNS vetch

    AU Merit

    High yielding, early maturing variety great as a cover crop for cash crops and spring grazing.

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  • Hairy Vetch

    Hairy Vetch "VNS"

    A hairless, later maturing variety that is ideal for extended spring grazing or a late haylage cut.

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