Volga

Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)

Key Features

• 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 forest
• Well adapted to ph 5.8-9.4

 

Key Features

• 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

 

Description

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.

 

Establishment

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.

 

Management

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.

Specifications
Vetch (Vicia sativa)

Common vetches are an annual pasture/forage/grain legume, extremely palatable at all growth stages, from early green shoots, as dry matter/hay or silage through to seedpods and seeds over summer. It has very high feed values for animals as green plants and dry matter as well as grain. Vetches have the ability to offer substantial improvements in soil fertility, structure and organic matter as well as offering a weed and disease break for cereals...

Common vetches are an annual pasture/forage/grain legume, extremely palatable at all growth stages, from early green shoots, as dry matter/hay or silage through to seedpods and seeds over summer. It has very high feed values for animals as green plants and dry matter as well as...

Common vetches are an annual pasture/forage/grain legume, extremely palatable at all growth stages, from early green shoots, as dry matter/hay or silage through to seedpods and seeds over summer. It has very high feed values for animals as green plants and dry matter as well as grain. Vetches have the ability to offer substantial improvements in soil fertility, structure and organic matter as well as offering a weed and disease break for cereals in a crop rotation. Vetch fixes atmospheric nitrogen in the soil; this is beneficial for subsequent cereal crops in both yield and quality. Growing vetch in crop rotations as a pasture or hay can be a very good strategy for controlling resistant grass weeds, because they will be grazed or cut before grasses have formed or set seeds and it provides a disease break from cereal diseases.