Shipping Weight: 50lbs
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Hulled Aeschynomene (Deer Vetch) Seed – 50 lb
Hulled Aeschynomene (Deer Vetch) Seed – 50 lb bag
Aeschynomene, also known as joint vetch and deer vetch, is a warm-season annual legume adapted to moist sites throughout the southeastern United States. Aeschynomene is a true annual legume that flowers and produces seed in the early fall. Plants usually die after seed has matured, but the stand can be managed to re-seed and maintain itself in good production for several years after first establishment. Aeschynomene has a high nutritive value (21% protein) and is very palatable to cattle and white-tail deer. It has been used in the cattle industry and for wildlife plantings for many years. Plantings can produce large quantities of high-quality forage during summer months. It is tolerant of wet soils but is not suited to very sandy soils. Aeschynomene likes a host plant, and is usually planted with Bahia in pasture applications and other forage crops for food plots. *Plantings North of Orlando Florida should be inoculated.
Liming and fertilization rates should be determined by soil testing. In the absence of a soil test, 300 pounds per acre of 0-10-20 fertilizer is recommended.
Planting dates vary from the first of March to the first of June. Aeschynomene likes a host plant, and is usually planted with Bahia in pasture applications and other forage crops for food plots. Plantings North of Orlando Florida should be inoculated.
There are a few steps that should be heeded during soil preparation and planting to insure successful germination, and healthy growth of seed.
First a soil sample should be taken and analyzed. Soil samples can be taken to a local Agriculture Extension agent, fertilizer plant, or private lab for analysis. The analysis will reveal the soil type, pH, and other factors. The analysis will allow the agent to make recommendations as to what will need to be added to the soil to make it ideal for the type of seed to be planted. Most seeds will do well within a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5.
A properly prepared seed bed is essential for successful planting. The area to be planted must be cleared of debris and all existing vegetation removed. The area should then be chopped or disced as needed to create an even fluffy soil.
The preferred method of planting seed is with a grain drill or culti-packer. This equipment allows for precise metering of seed and depth placement. Most people will not have access to a drill and will instead use a broadcast spreader for planting. The broadcast method will work well, but also requires the area to be rolled to insure proper seed-to-soil contact. In areas with very fine sand, light dragging is preferred to rolling. In any case, seed should not be buried more then ½ inch deep with ¼ inch being ideal.
Fertilizer can be applied at the time of planting. Consult with an Ag extension agent or fertilizer plant for proper formula and application rates.
For any other questions about specific planting methods, please call us at (863) 635-4473 and we will be happy to assist you.