BRAJKISHOR PRAJAPATI,*, SAPANA TIWARI AND KRANTI KUMAR
Scientist, Department of Agronomy, RHSKVK, Balaghat, M. P., India
Assistant Development Officer, Department of Horticulture, Government of Uttarakhand, India
Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar-263145, India
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(Received : 06 May 2020; Accepted : 02 June 2020)
The experiment was conducted during rabi season of 2016-17 at Fodder Agronomy block of Instructional Dairy Farm (IDF), Nagla of the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand, India to evaluate performance of berseem associate with cool season cereal fodder crops for quality fodder production. Randomized block design was used with four replications consisting of 10 treatments as detailed in materials and methods. The results showed that crude protein content in berseem fodder was significantly higher than remaining treatments at all the cuttings. Among intercropping systems, berseem with ryegrass in 2:2 and 1:1 row ratio had highest crude protein content followed by barley+berseem (2:2) compared with remaining treatments and dry matter digestibility of barley+berseem (2:2) mixture was highest at all the cuttings. Among intercropping systems, total green fodder yield (939.0 q/ha) and dry fodder yield (143.1 q/ha) was highest in ryegrass+berseem (1:1) followed by ryegrass+berseem (2:2) fodder mixture than remaining treatments. The total crude protein yield (18.4 q/ha) was significantly higher with ryegrass+berseem (2:2) than remaining treatments except sole berseem and ryegrass+berseem (1:1). Association of berseem with ryegrass improved the quality of fodder and provided higher green fodder, dry fodder, crude protein and digestible dry matter yields under Tarai agro climatic situation of Uttarakhand.
Key words:Barley, berseem, crude protein yield, green fodder yield, ryegrass