Effect of mixing different ratios of oat with Berseem clover on forage yield and quality

 

Abdullah A. AL-Doss,  Nasser A. AL-Suhaibani And Ahmad S. Soliman.

Plant Production Dept. College of Agric. king Saud University

 P.O. Box 2460, Riyadh, 11451

 

Abstract

Berseem clover and oat are considered among the best promising annual forage for cultivation in Saudi Arabia. This Study was conducted to investigate the effect of mixing ratio of oat and Berseem clover on forage yield and guilty. Five ratios clover: oat mixtures were used in this study (0/100,25/75.50/50,75/25and 100/0). The experimental design was a randomized complete block design with four replications. The experiment was conducted at The agricultural research station in Dirab during the 1999/2000 season and 2000/2001 season.

Results showed that forage yields of oat were significantly higher than that of Berseem clover when ratio exceed the 75/25 clover: oat ratio. The increase in oat proportion in the mixture had a significant negative effect on the representation of clover in the forage yield and on the protein percentage there fore. Results in this study indicate that mixture of berseem clover and forage oat should not exceed 75/25 clover: oat ratio to obtain more balanced forage yield with high quality.