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PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY OF PASTURE AS INFLUENCED BY PLANTING PATTERN AND HARVEST INTERVALS UNDER SEMIARID CONDITIONS

Article Id: ARCC2286 | Page : 128 -131
Citation :- PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY OF PASTURE AS INFLUENCED BY PLANTING PATTERN AND HARVEST INTERVALS UNDER SEMIARID CONDITIONS.Indian Journal of Agricultural Research.2008.(42):128 -131
S.N. Ram
Address : Grassland and Silvopasture Management Division, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi - 284 003, India

Abstract

A field experiment was conducted in sandy loam soil for five consecutive years (1997-98 to
2001-02) to find out the productivity and quality of pasture as influenced by planting pattern and
harvest intervals under semiarid conditions. Intercropping of grasses with legumes in 1:1 row ratio at
50 cm distance produced significantly higher green forage (22.0 t/ha), dry matter (5.41 t/ha) and crude
protein yields (370.41 kg/ha) as compared to1:2 row ratio at 75 cm distance. Total green forage (23.21
t/ha), dry matter (5.62 t/ha) and crude protein yields (410.21 kg/ha) were also significantly increased
with the harvesting of pasture at 70 days interval than other harvest intervals.

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