EFFECT OF DATE OF SOWING AND CUTTING MANAGEMENT ON FODDER PRODUCTION OF LATE SOWN BERSEEM (TRIFOLIUM ALEXANDRINUM L.)
AJMAIR SINGH*, AMANPREET SINGH, GURPEJ SINGH AND RAKESH SHARMA
Department of Agronomy, Khalsa College,
Amritsar-143001 (Punjab), India
*(e-mail : amanniku7592@gmail.com)
(Received : 12 August 2019; Accepted : 30 August 2019)

SUMMARY

The field on berseem crop was laid out in split plot design with fifteen treatments and three replications at Department of Agronomy, Khalsa College, Amritsar (Punjab). Four dates of sowing i.e. D1:5 November, D2:15 November, D3:25 November,D4:5 December and D5: 15 December comprised main plots, whereas sub plot treatment consisted of three last cutting dates C1:5 April, C2: 15 April and C3: 25 April. Sowing the berseem crop on Nov 5 (D1) resulted in significantly higher plant height (51.7 cm), dry matter accumulation (11.1 t/ha) and green fodder yield (79.3 t/ha) than other sowing dates. Maximum B:C ratio (2.81) was observed with D1 treament followed by other sowing treatments. Among the last cutting treatments, the treatment C3 (25 April) gave the highest plant height (46.8 cm), dry matter accumulation (8.83 t/ha) and green fodder yield (69.1 t/ha) and it was significantly higher than other treatments. B:C ratio was found to the highest (2.84) with C1 treatment

Key words:Berseem, inorganic fertilizers, soil health and fertilizers