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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2013 | Volume: 16 | Issue: 22 | Page No.: 1605-1608
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2013.1605.1608
Effect of Intercropping Panicum maximum var. Ntchisi and Lablab purpureus on the Growth, Herbage Yield and Chemical Composition of Panicum maximum var. Ntchisi at Different Harvesting Times
V.O.A. Ojo, P.A. Dele, T.A. Amole, U.Y. Anele, S.A. Adeoye, O.A. Hassan, J.A. Olanite and O.J. Idowu

Abstract:
The study was conducted to evaluate the effect of intercropping Panicum maximum var. Ntchisi and Lablab purpureus on the growth, herbage yield and chemical composition of P. maximum var. Ntchisi at different harvesting times at the Teaching and Research farm, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in a randomized complete block design. Samples were collected at different harvesting times (8, 10, 12, 14 weeks after planting). The growth parameters which were plant height, leaf length, leaf number and tiller number measured showed that the intercropping of grass with legume were higher than in the sole plot of P. maximum var. Ntchisi. The plant yield was consistently higher (p<0.05) in intercropped forages than in sole throughout the harvesting times. The crude protein contents of the forages were also higher for the intercropped across the treatments. The values of the fibre components were significantly different (p<0.05) at different harvesting times and it was increasing as the harvesting time was increasing. From this study, considering the herbage yield and chemical composition of intecropping Panicum maximum var. Ntchisi and Lablab purpureus, they can be grazed by ruminant animals or harvested at 12 weeks after planting when the quality and quantity will support livestock productivity and can be conserved to be fed to ruminant animals during dry season when feed availability and quality are extremely low.
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V.O.A. Ojo, P.A. Dele, T.A. Amole, U.Y. Anele, S.A. Adeoye, O.A. Hassan, J.A. Olanite and O.J. Idowu, 2013. Effect of Intercropping Panicum maximum var. Ntchisi and Lablab purpureus on the Growth, Herbage Yield and Chemical Composition of Panicum maximum var. Ntchisi at Different Harvesting Times. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 16: 1605-1608.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2013.1605.1608

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjbs.2013.1605.1608

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11 September, 2013
Endang Dwi Purbajanti:
thanks for inform me about Panicum maximum, I have been research for Panicum in Indonesia. Thanks again...
 
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