Benetas Vetch stands out as a soft-seeded, high-protein annual legume, primarily cultivated for hay production, silage, or green manure crops in the lush, higher rainfall zones.
Specifically bred for prolonged growing periods, its extended growing seasons outshines Benetas’ counterparts in southern Australia. This feature makes it particularly valuable for regions with higher rainfall and longer growing seasons, ensuring farmers can maximise their yield potential.
Thriving across a diverse range of soil types in cool temperate and higher rainfall zones, Benetas Vetch showcases impressive resilience, tolerating moderate water logging and enduring chilly temperatures down to -7 degrees. Such hardiness ensures consistent performance even in less-than-ideal weather conditions.
It’s vigorous growth and N fixing qualities is why it is so valuable as a cover crop, and its flowers are good forage for bees and other pollinators.
For quality pastures or hay/silage use a mix of 2/3 Benetas Vetch and 1/3 of Ryegrass / Cereals (as a % of) the recommended rates for a particular area.
- High quality: Its richness in protein and energy content makes it invaluable for livestock, notably enhancing milk production in dairy farming.
- Crop rotations Serves as a valuable tool in crop rotations with its ability to break weed and disease cycles
- Exception yield: Benetas Vetch high productivity translates into economic benefits
- Cover crop and beneficial insects: Vigorous growth, N fixing and flowers great for bee forage
|30-50 kg/ha (standalone), 25-35 kg/ha (in a mix)
|Mid April to early June
|40-80 cm high
|Growing season rainfall
|Annual ryegrass, Forage Oats, Ryecorn