MAKKHAN GRASS - FORAGE (मक्खन फॉरगे)
Key Points for Makkhan Grass
- Makkhan Grass is high Nutritional Multicut tetraploid Ryegrass
- Suitable for all fodder areas including hill areas
- Makkhan Grass is very good in protein with good palatability
- High Crude Protein
- Dry matter Digestibility greater than 65%
- Livestock may over consume
- Greatly improves Milk Production and Quality (Specially milk Solids)
- Makkhan Grass yield up to 13 to 15 Mt per cut per acre in 30 days
Makkhan Grass is high nutritional multi cut annual grass. Makkhan Grass is highly succulent and more palatable grass. Makkhan Grass feeding will improves milk production and great improve in milk solids like Makkhan. Highly suitable for hill and low temperature areas.
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.