The Effect of Cutting Interval on the Yield and Quality of Setaria Splendida (Stapf) and medicago Sativa (L) Under Conditions Prevailing In Northern Tanzania

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1977-1978
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Rowland,E. w.
Lugenja,M. M. S.
Senga,C.
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Dry matter increased the length of the cutting interval increased (Table J) for both Setaria and Lucerne, and this is accounted for by increased leaf area index. Therefore optimum photosynthetic materials are produced and stored in adequate amounts to Afford rapid aerial growth and hence high yields at 'each cutting occasion. On the other hand low dry matter yields obtained at frequent cutting intervals for the two fodders were due to Iow leaf area index. These yield trends are in agreement with those obtained with Disodium in Australia (Jones, 1975) where greater yields were obtained with longer cutting intervals.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 43, p. 106-110