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Indian Journal of Agricultural Research, volume 51 issue 5 (october 2017) : 493-497

Effect dates of sowing and cutting  time on seed yield and quality of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) CV. RL-88

P.R. Arvind Kumar, B.C. Channakeshava, R. Siddaraju
1University of Agriculture Sciences, College of Agriculture, Gandhi Krishi Vignana Kendra, Bengaluru-560 065, Karnataka, India.
Cite article:- Kumar Arvind P.R., Channakeshava B.C., Siddaraju R. (2017). Effect dates of sowing and cutting time on seed yield and quality of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) CV. RL-88. Indian Journal of Agricultural Research. 51(5): 493-497. doi: 10.18805/IJARe.A-4804.
An experiment was carried to find out the effect of sowing dates and cutting time on seed yield and quality of alfalfa cv. RL-88. The results of the experiment revealed that, the significantly higher seed yield per plant (1.491 g), seed yield per plot (161.07 g) and seed yield (355.00 kg ha-1) was noticed in 15th August sowing and the cutting carried out at 60 days after sowing. Whereas, the seed quality parameters of the resultant seeds viz., highest seed germination (95.00 %), seedling length (13.90 cm), seedling dry weight (412.69 mg) and seedling vigour index (1320) found  highest in15th August sowing and the cutting followed at 60 days after sowing. 
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