Field bean


Small-grained for use as cover crop


  • Small-grained field bean variety for cover crop cultivation
  • Seeding is possible together with other species
  • Lower sowing density (kg / ha) due to low thousand grain weight
  • ADLON has a strong vegetative growth with pronounced leaf apparatus
  • Provides additional nitrogen by binding atmospheric nitrogen
  • In spite of small granularity, strong tap root system for intensive soil rooting
  • Increases the standability as a partner in grain-leguminous-blends for whole crop silage and is also suitable for seeding in winter oilseed rape

Variety characteristics:

(Officially confirmed or respectively in line with Bundessortenamt)

bad / early / short / low --- good / late / long / high
Thousand grain weight: 4
Beginning of flowering: 5
Plant height: 6
Resistance to lodging: 7
Content of tannin: 1

Crop rotation suitability:

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


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

Agronomic features:

bad / early / short / low --- good / late / long / high
Weed suppression: 6
Protection against erosion: 6
Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation: 1
Humus formation: 8
Cold- and frost resistance: 1
Drought tolerance: 2
Rooting depth 140 cm

Cultivation recommendations:

Recommended sowing rate Single-crop sowing: approx. 40 grains / m²; Sowing with a mixture partner is recommended
Sowing depth 3 – 6 cm depending on the type of soil
Sowing period June to mid August - depending on location!
Fertilization Fertilization is normally not necessary for cover crop cultivation
Crop protection Crop protection is normally not necessary for cover crop cultivation
Sowing method Drills seed is recommended

14.09.2018 08:20:36 // 14.00


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