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organic methods to kill hairy vetch other than crimping #175176

Asked April 15, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

I'm a non-certified organic farmer and I have a half acre stand of hairy vetch that I need to kill before planting pumpkins and winter squash. Do you know if there have been trials to determine if flame killing hairy vetch is an effective method? If not, do you know if there are any studies on effective organic post emergergent herbicides such as Axxe or 20% vinegar? I dont have a crimper and I wouldnt be opposed to crimping the vetch manually by walking on it with a board but I was wondering if there are easier methods. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Jefferson County West Virginia

Expert Response

The following eXtension article, "Hairy Vetch for Cover Cropping in Organic Farming" provides some discussion on killing hairy vetch in an organic system:

http://www.extension.org/pages/18570/hairy-vetch-for-cover-cropping-in-organic-farming#.U15i1eZdX6c


Cindy Salter Replied April 28, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

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