Woolly Pod Vetch

$4.88 per lb.

Bulk Discount Pricing

2 - 9 lbs.
$4.39 / lb.
10 - 19 lbs.
$3.90 / lb.
20 - 29 lbs.
$3.42 / lb.
30 - 39 lbs.
$2.93 / lb.
40 - 49 lbs.
$2.44 / lb.
50+ lbs.
$1.95 / lb.

Woollypod vetch has the potential to grow faster and earlier than hairy vetch. This vetch has been observed to produce more biomass than many other vetches and fixation of N could even start within a week of emergence. When allowed to overwinter, the extra growth aids in smothering out weed competition and protecting the soil. Woollypod vetch excretes root exudates that can reduce the growth of small grasses. Positive yield responses in corn have been documented when planted after Woollypod vetch and there is no known hazards of increasing insect pest issues.

 

Basic Info

Maturity
7 days
Seeds/lb
10,000
C/N Ratio
10-19:1
Growth Habit
Climbing Vine
Winter Hardiness
Zone 6+

Use

Woollypod vetch is a cool season annual legume, comparable to many other vetches but with a few of its own unique characteristics. When planted in the fall it can germinate relatively quickly and will provide a good winter-kill mulch in colder regions. Known as a prolific N producer, it has the potential to fix up to 250 lbs N/A if able to overwinter from a fall planting. Woollypod vetch is the earliest maturing/blooming commercially available vetch. This earlier seed set provides a good food source for some game birds and flowering to attract beneficals. The forage produced is palatable when green but palatability will greatly increase as it's dried down.

Nitrogen Fixing Potential
10 / 100-250
N Scavenge
5
Dry Matter
4,000-8,000
Lasting Residue
3
Erosion Control
5
Traffic Bearing
3
Grazing Potential
5
Forage Harvest
3
Root Type
Tap root
Soil Builder
10
Cash Crop Interseeding
5

*Based on a 1-10 scale. 1 = Poor : 5 = Average : 10 = Excellent

Advantages

Woollypod vetch has the potential to grow faster and earlier than hairy vetch. This vetch has been observed to produce more biomass than many other vetches and fixation of N could even start within a week of emergence. When allowed to overwinter, the extra growth aids in smothering out weed competition and protecting the soil. Woollypod vetch excretes root exudates that can reduce the growth of small grasses. Positive yield responses in corn have been documented when planted after Woollypod vetch and there is no known hazards of increasing insect pest issues.

Subsoiler
7
Surface Compaction
7
Rendering P & K
5
Traffic Bearing
3
Nematode Control
3
Disease Control
3
Allelopathic Effect
5
Weed Control
10
Short Growth Time
5

*Based on a 1-10 scale. 1 = Poor : 5 = Average : 10 = Excellent

Disadvantages

With hard seed potential, seed can germinate over the course of several years and this would be a concern in fields that will be planted to a commercial cereal grain crop. This species is really known for its climbing ability, even more so than common vetch. If not given structure to climb, Woollypod vetch with grow across the ground forming a very thick and tangled thatch. This thick thatch will slow soil warming and drying and this could cause some issues in a no-till system. With a very low C:N ratio the residue breaks down very quickly and will leave the soil bare throughout much of the growing season. Woollypod vetch can be more sensitive to cold weather fluctuations than some other vetches.

Weed Potential
5
Potential Insect/Nematode Risk
5
Crop Disease Risk
7
Effect Cash Crop
5
Ease of Establishment
5
Ease of Till-Kill
7
Ease of Chem-Kill
7
Ease of Mow-Kill
1

*Based on a 1-10 scale. 1 = Poor : 5 = Average : 10 = Excellent

Planting

Woollypod vetch can be easily grown if planted into a moist soil, in the early fall. If planted to late when soils start to cool off than overall germination and results will be unfavorable. Drilling depth can be up to an inch lower, if planted early but if broadcasting is the method used than a shallow incorporation is suggested. Higher seeding rates and sowing in nutrient deficient fields can aid Woollypod vetch in weed suppression. If planted in the spring, weed competition could be an issue and the vetch should be allowed to grow to at least memorial day to justify your investment.

Ideal Planting Time
April - June
Ideal Planting Depth
1/2 - 1"
Min Germination Temp(F)
48
Drilled Seeding Rate (lb./A)
10-30
Broadcast Seeding Rate (lb./A)
30-60
Reseeding Potential
Possible

Tolerance

Being a very versatile vetch, it can grow in many types of soil conditions including even poor fertility or sandy soils. Though not as cold tolerate as hairy vetch, it can survive in freezing conditions for several days. Woollypod vetch has been observed to survive conditions as low as 0 degrees F with no snow cover but that was without much fluctuation in the temperature. This species can be grown in areas with annual rain fall ranging as low as 10-16" and has the potential to within some shading when interseeded. Studies have shown some tolerance to glyphosate.

Heat
7
Drought
7
Shade
7
Wet Soil Tolerance
5
Low Fertility
7
pH
6.0-8.0

*Based on a 1-10 scale. 1 = Poor : 5 = Average : 10 = Excellent