EFFECT OF TIME OF SOWING, SEED RATE AND PLANTING GEOMETRY ON GREEN FORAGE YIELD AND QUALITY OF FODDER OAT

B. G. SHEKARA* AND H. C. LOHITHASWA

AICRP on Forage crops
Zonal Agricultural Research Station,
V. C. Farm, Mandya, Karnataka-571405 (India
(*e-mail : shekara_gundanaik@rediffmail.com)
(Received: 29 August, 2012, Accepted: 15 April, 2013)

SUMMARY

Present study was carried out during rabi seasons, 2009-10 and 2010-11 at at Zonal Agricultural Research Station, Vishweswaraiah Canal Farm, Mandya (Karnataka) to find out optimum time of sowing, seed rate and planting geometry for higher green forage yield and quality. The results revealed that sowing oat during 2nd fornight of October recorded significantly higher green forage, dry matter and crude protein yield. The seed rate of 120 kg/ha at 25cm x 10 cm spacing exhibited significantly higher green forage, dry matter and crude protein, and also recorded higher net monetary and benefit : cost ratio.

Key words: Oat, sowing, time seed rate, planting geometry, green forage yield and quality

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