The Effect of Seed Rate Nitrogen Fertilizer And Cutting Time on Forage Yield and Quality Of Phillipesara (Vigna Trilobata Verdc.)

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Mosdawi R.S
Ibrahim E.A.S
Houron A.E.A
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Phillipesara (Vigna trilolabata Verdc.,syn· .Phaseolus trilobus L.) is a useful forage legume and a rotational crop. In the Sudan; phillipesara is grown as an annual summer forage crop in the irrigated agricultural schemes of the central region and Khartoum province along the Nile banks. The introduction of phillipesara to Sudan in large agricultural schemes like Gezira and Rahad met with certain constraints. These were tbe absence of an organized ana intensive animal production system from the agricul~ural rotation of these schemes, and the difficulty of harvesting phillipesara seeds due to the shattering of the pods and seed loss before harvesting. In such schemes, the rearing of cattle, sheep and goats depends primarily on nomadic grazing outside these schemes during the rainy season, and on crop residues and agro-industrial byproducts such as molasses, groundnut cake, cotton seed cake and sorghum grain during (he dry season. Recently, interest in growing irrigated phiUipesara has increased due to prolonged drought and establishment of many dairy and fattening farms in Khartoum province.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, LV (1-2), p. 45-51