Effect of Different Harvest Stages on The Yield and Some Forage Quality Components of Pearl Millet (Pennisetum glaucum)

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Pennisetum glaucum, harvest stage, forage yield, relative feed value


This study was carried out to determine the effects of different harvesting stages on the forage yield and some forage quality characteristics of pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum). The research was carried out as a pot experiment in outdoor conditions at Ege University Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Field Crops, during the summer crop-growing season of 2022. Four different harvest stages (before heading, mid-heading, late heading and mid-dough ripeness) were tested in the study. The experiment was designed as factorial based on randomized complete block with four replications. In the study, some properties were measured such as plant height, dry matter (DM) yield, metabolisable energy, NDF and ADF contents. Results indicated that harvest stages had significant effect on all tested characteristics. The advancing maturity period increased DM accumulation and led to a significant decrease in forage quality parameters. It was also concluded that pearl millet should be cut at mid-heading stages for acceptable DM yield and higher quality silage.


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GÜZAR, B., GEREN, H., ALLAHVERDIYEV, E., & ƏSKƏROVA, A. (2024). Effect of Different Harvest Stages on The Yield and Some Forage Quality Components of Pearl Millet (Pennisetum glaucum). MAS Journal of Applied Sciences, 9(1), 90–99. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10646532