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New Legume - AC Greenfix
We're excited to be able to tell FARM SHOW readers about a new legume that's available to U.S. growers. Called "AC Greenfix", it's a variety of chickling vetch that's also known as grassy peavine. Developed in Canada, it has the ability to fix high amounts of nitrogen after just 8 to 10 weeks. In a 4-year test, on-farm trials produced an average of 100 lbs. per acre of total nitrogen. One research test achieved a high of 210 lbs. per acre.
  This variety is drought tolerant and can tolerate some frost so it can be sown early in the spring or later in the year and allowed to freeze off. It's an annual so it does not return the following season. It can also handle heat, making it ideal for a variety of climates and soil types. Since it draws moisture from only the top 2 ft. of soil and can be plowed down so soon, moisture depletion is kept to a minimum.
  We think AC Greenfix has great potential as a soil improving crop and as an alternative to commercial fertilizers. A seeding rate of 70 to 80 lbs. per acre is suggested for green manuring. Cost of seed is 50 cents per pound.
  We've started selling seed and we're also looking for dealers. (David & Ila Krause, Dakota Frontier Seed, Ltd., 6520 45th Ave., Flasher, N.D. 58535 ph 701 597-3918; fax 701 597-3919; E-mail: dakotafrontierseeds@westriv .com)

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #5