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Common vetch


Compactly growing catch crop for mixtures


  • ARGON impresses with its vigorous, compact growth and as a reliable protein supplier
  • Multiple uses possible: for green manure, as bee pasture, for forage as green fodder and for grazing
  • Can grow regardless of soil nitrogen levels and also provides mixing partners with this nutrient for growth
  • Valued mixing partner in non-winter-hardy mixtures
  • Good pre-crop effect due to easily decomposable residues after winter
  • Visually striking flower and important nectar source for wild bees

Variety characteristics:

(Officially confirmed or respectively in line with Bundessortenamt)

Initial mass formation: 5
Stiffness: 5
Start flowering: 5
Plant height: 4

bad / early / short / low
good / late / long / high

Crop rotation suitability:

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


  • Humus formation
  • Protection against erosion
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Pollinator attractiveness
  • Green manure
  • Biogas- and fodder production

Agronomic features:

Weed suppression: 9
Cold- and frost resistance: 4
bad / early / short / low
good / late / long / high
Type of root Tuft root
Rooting depth 60 cm

Cultivation recommendations:

Recommended sowing rate 100 - 130 kg/ha
Sowing depth 3 - 5 cm
Sowing period July until mid of September
Fertilization Usually not necessary in catch crop cultivation
Crop protection Usually not necessary in catch crop cultivation
Sowing method Drill sowing ensure high crop emergences

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