Steve Groff says his Winter King hairy vetch variety can be planted with several different cash crops, but he has personally found the most success planting it before corn, tomatoes and hemp. Image: Steve Groff

Steve Groff’s Winter King Hairy Vetch Survives Multiple Freeze-Thaw Cycles

Groff’s unique cover crop variety allows for later planting dates, more nitrogen uptake

Steve Groff never planned to develop a new variety of cover crop. In fact, the Holtwood, Pa., no-tiller and cover crop expert believes that he is more often recognized for his contribution of the tillage radish as a cover crop in the early 2000s

“But even before that, I was beginning to see the value of cover crops, and one of the things I was trying to learn about was how to terminate cover crops…

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Mackane Vogel

Mackane Vogel is the Associate Editor of Farm Equipment, No-Till Farmer, Cover Crop Strategies and other Lessiter Media publications. An avid writer for the last 10 years, he previously served as the editorial intern for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and also wrote for several different sports journalism outlets before joining the Lessiter Media team in 2022. Mackane is a 2020 journalism graduate of Marquette University.


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