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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2017, Volume : 5, Issue : 3
First page : (596) Last page : (604)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.2557

Fodder Quality of Teosinte Fodder as Influenced by Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Zinc Application

Surendra Mohan1, Eajaz Ahmad Dar2* and Magan Singh3
1M.Sc scholar, Forage Research and Management Centre
2Ph.D. Scholar, Department of Agronomy, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
3Senior Scientist and In-charge, Forage Research and Management Centre
National Dairy Research Institute-Karnal (Haryana)-132001
*Corresponding Author E-mail: darajaz9@gmail.com
Received: 6.02.2017  |  Revised: 15.02.2017   |  Accepted: 16.02.2017  


A field experiment was conducted at National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal during rainy season of 2012 in randomized block design with 30 treatment combinations comprises five levels of nitrogen (0, 40, 80,120 and 160 kg N ha-1), three levels of phosphorus (0, 20 and 40 kg P2O5 ha-1) and two levels of zinc (0 and 30 kg ZnSO4 ha-1) with four replications. The present study concluded that application of 160:40:30 kg ha-1 of N: P: Zn resulted in highest percentage of dry matter, crude protein (CP), ether extracts (EE) and ash content in teosinte fodder. However, crude fibre (CF), nitrogen free extracts (NFE), organic matter, carbohydrates, neutral detergent fibre (NDF), acid detergent fibre (ADF) and hemicelluloses content were lowest for the same treatment combination (160:40:30 kg ha-1 N: P: Zn). Thus nutritive factors of fodder like CP and EE were enhanced, while as anti nutritive factors like CF, NDF and ADF were reduced with balanced nutrient application.

Keywords: Teosinte, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Zinc, Quality.

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Cite this article: Mohan, S., Dar, E.A. and Singh, M., Fodder Quality of Teosinte Fodder as Influenced by Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Zinc Application, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.5(3): 596-604 (2017). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.2557