Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol 23, Issue 1, 2017; Page No.(162-167)

EFFECT OF DIFFERENT PLANTING TECHNIQUES AND CUTTING PRACTICES ON FODDER GROWTH, FODDER YIELD AND QUALITY OF DUAL PURPOSE BARLEY (HORDEUM VULGARE L.)

Manohar Lal and K.S. Saini

Abstract

A field experiment was carried out during the rabi season of 2014-15 at Students Research Farm Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab with sowing of cultivar PL 807 on dated Nov.5, 2014 of barley crop. The soil of studied field was sandy loam in texture, the experiment was laid out in randomized block design (RBD) with 9 treatments have three planting techniques viz. unidirectional (UD), bidirectional (BD), broadcast (BC) and three cutting practices viz. uncut (UNC), cut at 50 DAS (C50 DAS) and cut at 60 DAS (C60 DAS) with four replications. The photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) and fodder growth parameter like that plant height, dry matter accumulation, leaf area index and tillers at the fodder cut stage of barley produced significantly higher in BD and C60 DAS compared to other treatments. The BD and C60 DAS were significantly higher green and dry fodder yield than other treatments. In quality parameter (crude protein (%), total ash content (%) and nitrate (ppm) were significantly higher in BD than UD and BC, but crude fiber (%) was found non-significant. The cutting practices in quality parameter (crude protein (%), total ash content (%) and nitrate (ppm) were significantly higher in C50 DAS, but crude fiber was significantly higher in C60 DAS than C50 DAS of barley.

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