Preferred Seed

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Deer Plot / Food Plot & Specialty

Hairy Vetch



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 Hairy vetch is slow establishing but provides first year cover and forage. Plant early spring through summer after danger of frost on well prepared seedbed. Fertilizing on a yearly basis will keep the forage and seed rate higher. The vetch with develop seed pods and when ripened the pods will burst open releasing the seed. Quail and dove consume seeds and foliage, while deer, turkey and rabbits eat the vines and leaves of the vetch plant. The plant itself produces very palatable forage for deer carrying up to 20% protein and is fairly easy to grow. This crop has great nitrogen fixing qualities as well as the ability to handle acidic soils well.  A common way hairy vetch is applied is by using as a spring summer crop to build and produce nitrogen in the soil and then follow it up with a fall food plot of nitrogen loving plants such as turnips, rape, wheat, oats, and rye. It can also be planted in the fall clover and cereal grains and even winters exceptionally well in the northern U.S.   


Planting Guide


  • Seeding Rate (Alone/Acre): 25 – 60 lbs.

  • Seeding Rate (In Mix/Acre):   

  • Seeding Depth(Inches):  ½ - 1 ½

  • Life Cycle:           Annual

  • Seeding Dates :  Northern:  August – October

                                              Southern:    August – November


Consult your local cooperative extension agent for specific planting recommendations for your area.    Find your cooperative extension agent.



Product Specifications

Release Date: 08/17/10

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