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A: According to the literature, corn has been found to recover 17-32% of hairy vetch residue N. The literature also states that you need more than 1,000 pounds per acre of above ground biomass for the potential of a sufficient N credit. The no-tiller would have to be patient in the spring to capture this amount.
— Shalamar Armstrong, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Agronomy, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
A: Lots of variables to this. If you let it grow until first flower, which means maximum N production, he might be able to count on the hairy vetch to provide 75% of N needs.
— Steve Groff, Cover Crop Coaching
A: The best way is to clip the stand and send in for analysis, but Oregon State University has a nice sheet that shows how to estimate the amount of N given the amount of biomass. Again, clipping and measuring would be the best.
— Candy Thomas, NRCS, Salina, Kan.
A: It is very variable. It depends where you are and what soils you have…