QUALITY CHARACTERISTICS AND ECONOMICS OF DIFFERENT BERSEEM (TRIFOLIUM ALEXANDRINUM L.) CULTIVARS AS INFLUENCED BY BIOFERTILIZERS AND CUTTING MANAGEMENT
HARENDER SINGH DAHIYA* AND JAIBIR TOMAR
J. V. College, Baraut, Baghpat – 250611, Uttar Pradesh, India
*(e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Received : 26 December 2018; Accepted : 30 December 2018)
An investigation entitled, “Quality characteristics and economics of berseem (Trifolium alexandrinum L.) as influenced by biofertilizers and cutting management” was conducted at the Agricultural Research Farm of J.V. College, Baraut (Baghpat). The experiment was laid in a factorial randomized block design with four types of cuttings (C1= cutting 1.5 above ground, C2= cutting 3.5 above ground, C3= cutting 5.5 above ground and C4= cutting 7.5 above ground), three levels of biofertilizers viz. (B1= Control, B1= Rizobium and B3= Rizobium + PSB) and two varieties of berseem viz. V1= Mescavi (Pusa) and V2= Bhart Kaveri with four replications. The results revealed that among different types of cuttings, quality characteristics of berseem such as crude protein percentage and crude fact percentage were recorded highest with treatment C3 i.e. when cutting was at 5.5 above the ground. In case of different levels of biofertilizers, quality characteristics of berseem were observed to be highest with combined application of Rizobium + PSB. Moreover, variety Mescavi was found to be superior in quality aspect and gave the higher net returns as compared to local variety.
Key words: Berseem, Quality, Economics, Biofertilizers and Cutting management