International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences

International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences


International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
2020, Vol. 2, Issue 4
Qualitative forage production potential of different cereal and legume fodder crops under southern dry zone of Karnataka

Manoj KN, Shekara BG, Shoba D, Kalyana Murthy KN, Mudalagiriyappa, Prakasha HC

A field experiment was conducted to identify the fodder crops having higher potential for quality green fodder production during kharif, rabi and summer seasons of 2018-19. The treatments consist of nine different fodder crops which were laid out in randomized complete block design with three replications. The results revealed that, significantly higher green fodder and dry matter yields were noticed with bajra Napier hybrid (1246.8 and 244.4 q/ha) followed by maize (1030 and 211 q/ha) compared to other crops. But, sesbania and lucerne fodder recorded significantly higher crude protein (22.2 and 20.53%), ash (11.12 and 10.57%) and ether extractable fat (3.75 and 3.14%) content while dry matter and crude fibre content was observed in sorghum fodder (23.01 and 34.49%). However, significantly higher non-fibre carbohydrate content was noticed in fodder oats (37.19%). Withrespect to quality yield, sesbania recorded higher crude protein, total digestible crude protein and fat yields (45.6, 42.2 and 7.7 q/ha, respectively) while higher ash, crude fibre and non-fibre carbohydrate yields were noticed in bajra Napier hybrid crop (25.4, 74.2 and 83.6 q/ha, respectively). Among different crops, bajra Napier hybrid and sesbania performed well in terms of quantitative as well as qualitative fodder.
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Manoj KN, Shekara BG, Shoba D, Kalyana Murthy KN, Mudalagiriyappa, Prakasha HC. Qualitative forage production potential of different cereal and legume fodder crops under southern dry zone of Karnataka. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2020; 2(4): 268-271.