Vetches are quick-growing with a long growing season, combined with their ability to fix nitrogen at lower temperatures than other legumes.
Forage rye is extensive and deep rooting which is excellent for soil conditioning. Effective at reducing nitrogen leaching over the winter period, forage rye has the potential to offer a flexible sowing option after maize and cereals and can be zero grazed or baled in the spring.
- Nitrogen fixing
- Nutrient scavenging
- Reduces nutrient leaching
- Improves soil structure
- Suitable for animal fodder
Mixture breakdown: Vetch & Rye
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Sowing rate: 0.25 ha pack – 18.75 kg
Sowing time: Sow from mid-July up until 15 September if sowing for ACRES
Sowing depth: 10-15 mm
Sowing instructions: Cultivate to achieve a fine, firm seedbed. Ploughing is not permitted if sowing in the ACRES scheme. Sow in good conditions (warm with rain forecast). Roll after sowing to ensure good soil/seed contact.
After sowing: Crop must remain in place until after 1 January if sown within ACRES. Leaving the crop in place over winter will help improve soil structure and reduce soil erosion.