Needle & Threadgrass

Needle & Threadgrass "bails" after custom field collection in a native southern utah stand.


A Little Bit About Us

Great Basin Seed has a proud heritage in the Intermountain West seed industry. Our family lineage and business heritage are directly linked to the beginnings of reclamation, revegetation and wildlife habitat improvement.


Great Basin Seed
450 South 50 East
Ephraim, UT 84627

Contact Info

435.283.1411 (Office)
435.283.6872 (Fax)

Questions? Gives us a call at 435.283.1411 Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.

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Common Vetch
Scientific Name: Vicia sativ

Also named: Tare, Garden Vetch, Spring Vetch, Narrow-leaved Vetch

About Common Vetch:

Common vetch is an introduced legume that was first was brought to Finland as winter fodder for cattle. The same is true today. Common vetch is widely used as a cover crop for land development and livestock.  This vetch variety a flowering time between June-August depending on when it was planted and can reach a growth height of 30 in. Most of its growth and development takes place in the cool weather of spring. This vetch adapts to full or partial sun in moist to dry-mesic conditions. It can grow well in a variety of soil types, including those that contain loam and clay-loam. The root system can add nitrogen to the soil.  Because this wildflower can reseed itself aggressively, it is rather weedy.

Is Common Vetch Drought Resistant?

Although the vetches are not drought resistant, this is rarely a problem. The crop is summer-seeded and harvested the following July before the hot, dry conditions of late summer. Vetches grow well on a wide range of soil types, but are best adapted to loamy and sandy soils. It can be grown following any crop harvested before mid- August. Vetch seeded into small grain stubble need not be plowed or disked before sowing. The stubble may provide enough winter protection to overwinter a vetch crop by holding snow on the field. Plowing or heavy disking is essential on heavy soils and firmly packed soils, or where there is heavy weed infestation. Grassy fields should be plowed or thoroughly cultivated during July before planting vetch.

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