Hairy Vetch – an Excellent Green Manure for Dry Conditions

Grow hairy vetch in dry regions and incorporate it with adequate machines!


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The termination of a lush, thick green manure can be challenging.
It presents machines that are able to do it and discusses their ability for this work.
Hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth) produces a large amount of biomass even under dry conditions and is therefore an ideal green manure for Mediterranean cropping systems. However, the incorporation of this green manure into the soil is challenging. This video presents three different machines – disk harrow, stone burier, and crimper roller – for the termination of hairy vetch. These machines have different degrees of conservation of soil fertility and the main pros and cons are discussed. This video documents one of the field days within the TILMAN-ORG project (CORE Organic II) organized by the Italian research team CIRAA (Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerche Agro-Ambientali and Scuola Sant’Anna Pisa, Italy).
Soil quality and fertility
English, Italian language

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