Summer vetch – are annual plants that are usually sown in mixtures with cereals, but there is evidence that it can also be grown with white mustard or sedge (i.e. with plants that have a stronger stem). The stems of the plant are slender, it lies alone as it grows. The seeds are not recommended for feed or food because of a certain toxin (γ-glutamyl-β-cyano-alanine or GBCA) that accumulates in the mature grain.
Use: grown in mixtures with barley, oats, etc., for grain, green fodder, occupied fallow and green manure. Accumulates atmospheric nitrogen.
Cultivation features: likes shade, so it is suitable for growing in mixtures. Drought tolerant. Undemanding to the soil. In wetter fields, it grows more intensively, and can even overshadow the crops grown in the mixture, causing the crop to become dormant.