Winter vetch


Excellent for green manure and forage


  • The intesiv tuft root system of LATIGO has positiv effects on the soil structure and promotes the soil tilth
  • The active growth of the root during winter supplies high amounts of organic matter that contributes to humus formation
  • The atmospheric nitrogen fixed by rhizobia reduces the demand for fertilization in the subsequent crop
  • Good soil coverage provides high competitiveness against weeds
  • Rich food supply for bees and other insects increases the biodiversity 
  • Excellent winter hardiness - till -19°C, in rosette stage
  • For fodder production particularly suitable in blends with winter cereals or grasses
  • LATIGO is undemanding concerning soil quality and water capacity

Crop rotation suitability:

+ suitable / ++ strongly recommended
Maize ++
Cereals ++
Oilseed rape ++
Sugar beets +
Potatoes +
Intensive crops +


  • Green manure
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Humus formation
  • Protection against erosion
  • Pollinator attractiveness
  • Biogas- and fodder production
  • As component suitable for greening blends
  • Game cover

Agronomic features:

bad / early / short / low --- good / late / long / high
Weed suppression: 6
Protection against erosion: 8
Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation: 1
Humus formation: 8
Cold- and frost resistance: 9
Drought tolerance: 7
Type of root Tuft root

Cultivation recommendations:

Recommended sowing rate 60 - 80 kg/ha
Sowing depth 3 - 5 cm
Sowing period July till mid of September
Fertilization Not necessary by growing as cover crop 
Crop protection Not necessary by growing as cover crop
Sowing method Seed drill

20.09.2018 09:31:28 // 3.00


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