Faba Bean

Crop Type Seeds/Lb Minimum Germination Temperature
cool season legume 2,500 45F

This cool season legume will produce a significant number of nodules when planted into ideal soil conditions, leading to a high N credit the year following. Faba beans have also been documented as producing extrafloral nectaries which attract lacewings and ants which are two beneficial organisms. About 40-60 days after planting, faba beans will start flowering which will also increase the attraction of beneficial insects. While not as winter hardy as vetches, these do handle temperatures down around 15 degrees, making them a good option for late season grazing.

Nitrogen scavenger Soil builder Prevent Erosion Weed Suppression Grazing Quick Growth Lasting Residue Make P and K Available Loosen Topsoil Suppress Disease Attract Beneficial Insects
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1 = Poor and 5 = Excellent