MAKKHAN GRASS - FORAGE ( मक्खन ग्रास फ़ोरेज)
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Key Points for Makkhan Grass
- High Nutrition(14-18% crude protein) highly palatable and succulent multicut annual grass
- Makkhan Grass can be used as fresh as well as hay
- Makkhan Grass improves milk production and quality especially milk solids.
- Dry matter Digestibility is very high - 65%
Seed rate: 6 Kg per acre
Cultivated in Winter
All kinds of agriculture soils are suitable with normal PH – 6.5 to 7.
Makkhan Grass is a winter forage crop and suitable to sow from October to December.
Since Makkhan grass seed is very light in weight, sowing method is very important. Prepare fine tilt land with very uniform level across the land and planking is important after sowing.
Solo sowing - 5 to 6 kg per Acre
Combination with Berseem – 2 to 3 Kg per Acre
Makkhan Grass will be sown plot wise in rows at 30 cm. Soil should be prepared with 6 inches of loose soil and 0.5 inch of fine topsoil. Seed can be applied with a broadcast spreader, seeder, hydroseeder or by hand. Care must be taken not to cover the seed with more than 1/4inch of topsoil Roll to ensure good seed to soil contact.
Soil temperatures should be above 65 degrees F (18 degrees C). Optimum soil temperature for germination and root growth is 75 degrees to 80 degrees F (24 degrees to 27 degree C).
GERMINATION & ESTABLISHMENT:
Keep seedbed moist to enhance germination. Under ideal conditions, germination will begin within 10 to 14 days and should be complete within 18 days. Full establishment should occur in 4 to 6 weeks.
Establishment time may vary if planting date occurred early or late in the planting season.
Apply 15 – 20 Mt FYM at the time of land preparation. Fertilizer will be applied before sowing.
Nitrogen - 30 kg
Phosphorus - 20 kg per acre and
30 kg Nitrogen per acre after every cutting.
First irrigation should be immediate after sowing and second irrigation is about 5 to 6 days after sowing.
Later on at 10 days interval, Or as per need. After 1st irrigation manual weeding and 20kg. Nitrogen will be applied.
CUTTING & HARVESTING:
First cutting will be depending upon the growth 50 -60cm height Or 50 to 60 days after sowing. Further cutting will be at 25 to 30 days interval depending on growth.
Makkhan Grass is very sensitive to weedicides, So no weedicide should be sprayed.