Purple Vetch

Enterprise Type

Rainfall / Irrigation

Purple vetch is a long season, late maturing annual legume crop suitable for fodder production in cropping country. Highly palatable as both green and dry matter, it can be used as a pasture plant, in silage and hay production, as birdseed and as green manure. Grain yield is significantly lower compared to common vetches and cannot be used as feed for any livestock, however is suitable as bird feed in mixtures with other recommended grains. Like other vetches Purple vetch also has the ability to offer substantial improvements in soil fertility.

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