Effect Of Plant Density And Thinning Regime On Biomass Yield Of Maize Fodder Among Smallholder Farmers In Kenya Highlands

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2001
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Animal Production Society of Kenya
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Maize (Zea mays) is an important source of human food and animal feed. However, diminishing land resources have made the productive capacity of the existing land not sustainable. This study investigated the most suitable planting density and time of thinning maize for fodder in a seed maize crop. The experiment was conducted at the Plant Environment Laboratory, University of Reading in the United Kingdom. A randomised completely block design (ReBD) was used where four densities and three thinning regimes were used. One plant per pot whose thinning was carried out at 22 days and harvested at 69 days gave highest biomass per plant. The results were similar in the estimated biomass yield from the reciprocal of the maize biomass per plant. The best time of fodder yield estimation was at asymptotic growth phase of 69 days.
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