On Farm Evaluation and Demonstration of Improved Legumeforage Speciesin Irrigated Lowlands of Bena-Tsemay Woreda, SouthOmo Zone

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Year:
2016
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Dry Matter Yield, Lablabintoritum, Lablab Purpureus and Vignaunguiculata
Authors:
Denbela Hidosa; Tekleyohannes Brehanu; Mesifin Mengistu
Journal:
IJRIES
Volume:
3
Number:
2
Pages:
39-43
Month:
March
ISSN:
2394-1375
Abstract:
On farm improved forage species Evaluation and Demonstration was conducted at WoyitoPeasant association ofBena-tsemayWoreda of South Omo Zone in the 2014 under supplementary irrigation using the improved legume species in order to identify the adaptable and high biomass yielding forage species. The field experiment was laid out in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with three replications per species. The improved forage species tested were Lablabpurpureus,Lablab intoritum, Vignaunguiculata. The agronomic parameters such asdays of emergency, days of 50% heading, plant height and leaf area index at 50 % heading, pest and disease inspection and yield date such fresh and dry matter yield at 50 % heading were measured. The tested species germinated 5, 6 and 5 days after planting respectively for the Lablab intoritum, Lablab purepureus and Vignaungulatium which were revealed that there was none significance difference (P> 0.05) among them in the study and however, at 50% flowering, the tested species were significantly affected (P 0.05) between Lablab purepureus and Vignaungulatiumand however, there was significance difference between Lablab intoritium and Lablab purepureus and Lablab intoritium and Vignaungulatium The dry matter production potential of tested species in the study area were 23.60, 10.68, 12.12t/ha respectively for the Lablab intoritum, Lablab purepureus and Vignaungulatium.Out of the tested species over cropping season under supplementary irrigation, the one which gave the maximum dry matter yield was Lablab intoritum, which gave (23.60 tones ha-1) is advisable for the study areas. Therefore, it is imperative to evaluate the forage species for more seasons under similar condition and in addition to their feeding value under different intervention, chemical composition of each species, seed producing potential and dry matter production potential of species under supplementation of different fertilizer rate and irrigation interval and frequency.

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