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The research presented here describes a set of three different experiments that sought to establish appropriate management practices for hairy vetch in Maine, and to determine whether variability for winter hardiness exists among germplasm available commercially or from gene banks. Specific objectives of the first experiment were to evaluate effects of planting date and companion crop on crop and weed dry weight and total above-ground N content, at two sites differing in drainage. In a second experiment, the winter hardiness of hairy vetch from six commercial sources and the effect of a rye companion crop on hardiness were evaluated. In a third experiment, 69 V. villosa accessions from three gene banks were evaluated for winter hardiness, vigor, flowering date, and seed production.
Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station
Agronomy and Crop Sciences
Jannink, J-L., L.C. Merrick, M. Liebman, E.A. Dyck, S. Corson. 1997. Management and winter hardiness of hairy vetch in Maine. Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 167.