PERFORMANCE OF BAJRA NAPIER HYBRID VARIETIES IN SOUTHERN DRY ZONE OF KARNATAKA FOR THE KHARIF SEASON OF DIFFERENT YEARS
V. S. SHASHIKANTH, K. S. SOMASHEKHAR, B. G. SHEKARA AND M. R. KRISHNAPPA
AICRP on Forage crops,
Zonal Agricultural Research Station,
V.C.Farm, Mandya-571405 (Karnataka), India
(Received: 14 December 2013; Accepted: 27 December 2013)
A field experiment was conducted at Zonal Agricultural Research Station, Visweswaraiah Canal Farm, Mandya (Karnataka) during Kharif season of 2009, 2010 and 2011 to study the Performance of Bajra Napier Hybrid Varieties in southern dry zone of Karnataka. The experiment consisted of 10 varieties viz., BNH-10, NHN-9, TNCN-07-3, BNH-3, TNCN-07-4, DHN-09, DHN-12, TNCN-07-1, TNCN-07-2, PNB-233were compared with local check CO-3. The soil of experimental site is red sandy loam with neutral soil pH (6.95), medium in available nitrogen (262.5 kg ha-1), phosphorous (28.61 kg ha-1) and potassium (153.65 kg ha-1). The experiment was laid out in randomized complete block design with three replications. The pooled data revealed that variety BNH-10 recorded significantly higher Green forage yield (1431.4 q ha-1), Dry matter yield (269.02 q ha-1), Crude protein yield (18.41 q ha-1) and growth parameters like plant height (111.64 cm), Leaf stem ratio (0.76).
Key words: Napier Grass, bajra napier hybrid varieties, green forage yield, crude protein.