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Hi Y'All,

Here I am back with a couple more questions.

Last year, when I was mowing, there was a little patch of "Crown vetch",
at the bottom of a tree. It looked real pretty when it was blooming.
So, I left it. Just that one little patch.,

This year, as I mow, I noticed that there are sprouts of it spread out,
over about a 40x40' area.
Is it a "Noxious Weed"? Do I need to sterilize the soil in that area to
get rid of it?
Is it Okay for Cattle & Horses, to have it in the pasture?
I know it's a legume, and fixes nitrogen in the soil.
Will it take over, my rolling hills, kill out the grasses, & Clovers I have established?
How fast CAN it spread
Can I contain it with Mowing? Kinda looks like NOT.

Thanks for your info. Web searches seem to turn up widely
VARIED opinions, pro & con.
 

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I have fed it to sheep and cattle for years with no problem (at least I think it is Crown vetch it is certainly a type of vetch) It seems to have varied success filling a feild some years and not in others. It will choke out other legumes in its prosperous years. I like it because it is wet tolerant and can be in bloom, setting pods, and have dry pods all at once which means it is holding it's protein level likely near 12-14% as a guess.
 

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Planted the seed about 15 years ago along the side of the barn as there is a goodly slope and it is planted by the highway dept for erosion control. It has not spread out into the field., although a sprout has emerged in the paddock. The horse won't eat it, but the geese do.
 

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I planted it on the sewer pond thinking I wouldn't have to mow it, but it came up in patches then died out completely in a couple of years. I wasn't impressed. I"ve noticed along the highways where the highway crew used to plant it that it's dying out. Must not like our clay soil or something. BTW the highway puts in sod now (Now isn't that just too much!) Can't have that erosion, you know.
 
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