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Legume Research, volume 40 issue 4 (august 2017) : 677-683

Effects of sowing ratio and harvest periods on hay yields, quality and competitive characteristics of Hungarian vetch – cereal mixtures.

Zeki Acar, Erdem Gulumser, Ozlem Onal Asci, Ugur Basaran, Hanife Mut, Ilknur Ayan
1<p>Ondokuz Mayis University, Faculty of Agriculture,&nbsp;Department of Field Crops, TR-55139, Samsun, Turkey.</p>
Cite article:- Acar Zeki, Gulumser Erdem, Asci Onal Ozlem, Basaran Ugur, Mut Hanife, Ayan Ilknur (2017). Effects of sowing ratio and harvest periods on hay yields, quality and competitivecharacteristics of Hungarian vetch &ndash; cereal mixtures. . Legume Research. 40(4): 677-683. doi: 10.18805/lr.v0i0.8411.

Since Hungarian vetch has semi-decumbent stem, it is commonly grown in mixture to prevent lodging of plants. Hungarian vetch, barley, wheat and triticale were sown as pure and in vetch-cereal mixtures (70:30, 60:40, 50:50, 40:60) and harvested at two periods (pure cereals and mixtures were harvested at flowering and milk-dough stage of cereals; pure vetch was harvested at flowering and initial pod-set). Barley in all mixtures had negative impacts on development of Hungarian vetch. Considering hay yields, crude protein yields and land equivalent ratios, it was concluded that 70% Hungarian vetch + 30% triticale and 60% Hungarian vetch + 40% triticale mixtures under terrestrial climate sown in fall and harvested at milk-dough stage of triticale were advantageous.  

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