Woolly Pod Vetch

  • Softer seeded than other Woolly Pod Vetches
  • Reduces problems of volunteer Vetch plants
  • Suitable for grazing, hay and green manuring
  • Highly efficient nitrogen fixation
  • Offers disease break in cropping rotations
  • Can reduce black root rot in cotton rotations
  • Resistance to spot, rust and ascochyta
  • Flowering – 10% at 124 days, 100% at 144 days



    Capello Woolly Pod Vetch (Vicia villosa) was derived from selections out of Namoi Woolly Pod Vetch. It demonstrates mid maturity along with a semi erect growth habit. Capello is suited to a wide range of soil types, performing better on lighter soil types compared to other Vetch species. Most varieties of Woolly Pod Vetch are very hard seeded which can cause problems in following crops, potentially becoming a weed in future legume crops. Capello was selected to provide growers with a soft seeded alternative to traditional Woolly Pod Vetch varieties. This makes it well suited to short term cropping rotations whilst providing the added benefits of moderate drought tolerance and being a highly efficient and effective soil nitrogen producer. Mature plants form a dense canopy providing strong weed competition. Capello is ideal as a break crop and is well suited for hay production or turned in as green manure crop to improve soil health.



    Sowing Rate:


    15-30 kg/ha (Pure) 6-8 kg/ha (Pasture Mixes) 15-30 kg/ha (Cereal Mixes)




    Mid - Late


    Pest Resistance:


    Capello is susceptible to Red Legged Earth Mite (Halotydens destructor), Cow Pea Aphid (Aphis craccivora) and Native Bud Worm (Helicoverpa punctigera) and appropriate control measures should be taken, especially in seedling stands.




    Capello has been granted protection under PBR. Unauthorised commercial propagation or any sale, conditioning, export, import or stocking of propagating material of this variety is an infringement under the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994. Heritage Seeds Pty Ltd has an exclusive license for the production and marketing of Capello.


    Key Benefits:


    • Capello has the ability to produce high dry matter yields through winter and spring or add high quality feed and bulk when mixed with cereals for hay
    • The soft seed habit of Capello combined with its high biomass and nitrogen production makes it a great crop rotation option.


    Disease Resistance/Tolerance:


    Capello demonstrates resistance to Chocolate Spot (Botrytis), Rust (Uromyces vicia-fabae) and Ascochyta (Ascochyta spp.). Capello Woolly Pod Vetch adds to the rotation by providing an excellent alternative crop for controlling cereal root diseases.


    Variety Management/Agronomy:


    Regeneration - Capello Woolly Pod Vetch has 80-90% soft seed. Other varieties of Woolly Pod Vetch generally only have 10-20% soft seed. This is a significant advantage in the reduction of volunteer Vetch plants for following seasons for short term cropping rotations.


    Grazing - Vetch is not suited to close grazing as their growing points are well above ground level. However, in longer season environments Capello can be lightly grazed successfully during winter and early spring provided that the growing points are not damaged. Heavy grazing can cause significant damage to the plant and it may not recover. Bloat can be a problem on pure legume stands and stock will have to be watched if grazing green Vetch paddocks.


    A winter growing annual legume that is commonly used as a disease break in cereal cropping rotations. A multi-purpose crop, it offers high feed value & is ideal for hay production, early grazing as green pasture, dry grazing or green manure.