• Earlier in maturity (from seeding to full flowering 90-100 days)
• High yielding, highly rust resistant common vetch variety
• Soft seeded
• Very good early establishment
• Higher yielding in both grain and hay than current varieties in <380mm rainfall
• Good tolerance to frost
• Well adapted to ph 5.8-9.4
Volga has good initial establishment, is rust resistant, and earlier flowering and maturing than Purple Vetch. It will improve the reliability of vetch and economic production in crop rotations especially in low and mid rainfall areas, 330 to 380mm per year. Vetch flowering and maturity is ‘parallel’ with development of nodules for nitrogen fixation. Earlier maturing equates to earlier nodule development.
Volga’s early flowering/maturity provides increased flexibility when compared to other varieties in relation to sowing time. Sowing rates are related to the end use targeted and rainfall areas. Higher rates are required for hay/silage, grazing and green manure and lower rates are used for grain/seed production.
Good control of weeds in early growth stages is very crucial, as it is for other vetch varieties. For hay/silage, cut when there are 50% flowers and 50% small pods for the best combination of yield and feeding value. For green manure, turn into soil or desiccate at flowering time.