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Common Vetch

Vicia sativa


  • An annual pasture, forage and grain legume, 

  • Very palatable at all growth stages, from a young plant through to seedpods production in summer, 

  • Highly nutritious - dry matter such as hay or silage   

  • Improves soil fertility, structure and organic matter 

  • Once establish smothers weeds

  • Acts as a disease break between cereals in a rotation 

  • Fixes atmospheric nitrogen in the soil; benefiting subsequent cereal crops 

  • The same machinery is used for planting, maintenance and harvesting as is used for cereal crops

  • Soft-seeded species are suitable in all crop rotations without the risk of voluntary plants creating a problem in following crops.


  • Not well adapted to waterlogging. 

  • Common vetch is less winter-hardy than hairy vetch.