Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 9, Issue 1,2011
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Effects of phosphorus fertilization and harvesting stage on forage yield and quality of common vetch


Mustafa Sürmen *, Tamer Yavuz, Necda Çankaya

Recieved Date: 2010-10-12, Accepted Date: 2011-01-08


The present study was conducted to evaluate the effects of phosphorus rate (0, 30, 60, 90 and 120 kg ha-1) and harvesting stage (beginning of flowering, full flowering, and seed filling) on forage yield and quality of common vetch (Vicia sativa L.). Dry matter (DM) yield, N, P, K, ADF, NDF, TDN and RFV were determined. Phosphorus rates and harvesting stages significantly affected most of the quality components determined in common vetch. Phosphorus applications increased DM yield and N and P contents with TDN and RFV but decreased K, ADF and NDF. Harvesting at the late stages caused reduction in forage quality. N, P, K contents with TDN and RFV decreased with advancing stages while DM yield, ADF and NDF contents increased.


Common vetch, dry matter yield, forage quality, neutral detergent fiber, relative feed value

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2011
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 353-355

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