Performance of perennial lucerne (Medicago sativa) under different irrigation schedules, cutting management and potassium levels.

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Year Published: 2003
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Author: Shukla, N. P. ; Shiva, Dhar ; Menhi, Lal
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A field experiment was conducted with 'LH 84' perennial lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) at Central Research Farm, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India, from 1993-94 to 1995-96. The experiment was laid out in 33-confounding design with all combinations of 3 irrigation schedules (irrigation water:cumulative pan evaporation ratio of 0.5, 0.75 and 1.0), 3 cutting intervals (25, 35 and 45 days) and 3 K levels (0, 49.8 and 99.6 kg K/ha) replicated twice. Significantly higher green forage (103.4 tonnes/ha), dry matter (22.1 tonnes/ha), and crude protein (3.6 tonnes/ha) yields were obtained with irrigation at 0.75 IW:CPE ratio and 107.1, 22.5 and 4.0 tonnes/ha, respectively, with 35-day cutting interval. Yields were increased significantly only up to 49.8 kg K/ha, however, beyond this level there was no significant difference. The highest water-use efficiency of 37.2, 29.4 and 30.6 kg dry matter/ha-mm was recorded from irrigation at 0.5 IW:CPE, cutting interval at 35 days and with 99.6 kg K/ha respectively.

Pages: 199 - 202
Volume: 73
Number: 4
Journal: Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences
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ISSN: 0019-5022

application rates, crop yield, crude protein, cutting date,dry matter, irrigation scheduling, irrigation water, lucerne, plantwater relations, potassium, water use efficiency, India, Uttar Pradesh,Medicago, Medicago sativa, Papilionoideae, Fabaceae, Fabales,dicotyledons, angiosperms, Spermatophyta, plants, eukaryotes, Medicago,South Asia, Asia, Developing Countries, Commonwealth of Nations, India,alfalfa, Forage and Fodder Crops (FF007) (New March 2000), Plant WaterRelations (FF062), Plant Production (FF100), Soil Water Management(Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800) (Revised June 2002) [formerly SoilWater Management]

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