ISSN: 0041-3216 (Online), 0041-3216 (Print)
Volume 69 Number 1
Effects of nitrogen fertilization and cutting height on forage yield and quality of Maiwa pearl millet
Nitrogen fertilization and cutting height effects on forage yield and quality of Maiwa pearl millet (Pennisetum americanum (L.) Schum.) in the semi-arid region of Nigeria were evaluated. Nitrogen fertilization resulted in a decrease in the dry matter yield of the millet. Nitrogen fertilization and cutting height interaction had a significant effect on dry matter yield and percentage ether extract only in the first harvest. There was no significant effect of nitrogen fertilization and cutting height, respectively, on crude protein, ether extract and calcium content. Based on the results of this study, it is suggested that for high production of good quality forage Maiwa pearl millet should be fertilized with 100 kg ha-1N and cut at 15 cm above the ground.
Keywords: Nitrogen fertilization; Cutting height; Maiwa pearl millet; Semi-arid region