In the early stages of growth, Morava has reddish leaves and shoots which later turn dark green colour. It has red/purple flowers and the seed coat is dark brown with beige coloured cotyledons. This compares with Blanchefleur which has light green shoots and leaves, while flowers, smooth light brown seed coat, and orange cotyledons. Morava has shown longer shoots and much larger leaves than Blanchefleur and Languedoc.
Light sandy loams to heavier clay soils
Morava 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.
- Morava produces more dry matter than other common vetches while still providing high grain yields, providing greater options for grazing, green manure, hay or grain
- The combination of soft seed, high disease resistance and dry matter production make Morava the best Vetch option for areas receiving greater than 300mm annual rainfall
Current Vetch grain varieties, Blanchefleur and Languedoc, are very susceptible to rust, caused by Uromyces viciafabea, and ascochyta blight, caused by Ascochyta spp. Morava is resistant to rust and tolerant to Ascochyta. In screen field and glass house tests since 1992, Morava is shown to be resistant, showing no pustules, whereas Blanchefleur and Languedoc are susceptible showing pustules on stems and leaves. Morava will replace current varieties for grain and herbage production in areas where rust occurs.