Effect of cutting management and nitrogen fertilization on yield and quality of Pennisetum pedicellatum Trin. (Dinanath grass)
Keywords:Pennisetum pedicellatum, Dinanath grass, N fertilization, Cutting management
AbstractForage quality in Pennisetum pedicellatum Trin. (Dinanath grass) imporbed significantly with increase in cutting frequency. The trend, however, was reversed for dry matter yield and dry matter content. A two-cut treatment produced maximum crude protein and digestible dry matter yields. N fermentation up to 120kg ha-1 for single-cut and 160kg ha-1 for two- and three-cuts was found to be significantly beneficial in forage yield and crude protein content. Significant increases in digestibility and crude protein yield were recorded up to 120 kg ha-1 N for all cutting systems.