Agronomy & Management
Fodder crops can be grown well on a wide range of soil types Soil pH should be 5.5 to 7.0, Avoid acidic and saline soils. Drained soils yields good.
Water & Irrigation:
Nutrifeed is tolerant to drought but should irrigate before 7 days intervals in summer and 12 days interval in rainy season. For better palatability crop should be with high moisture. Sufficient irrigation will boost the healthy and expected bio-mass yield in forage crops.
Although Nutrifeed is comparatively easy to establish, prepare good seedbed for good germination and root development. Where irrigation is available, better establishment will be obtained by pre-watering and sowing into moisture, rather than watering after sowing. Sowing depth 3cm to 5 cm with soil covering for compaction Row to Row Spacing is 30 cm and Plant to Plant is 25 cm
For staggered sowing, harvesting, irrigation and fertigation ridges and furrows method is very successful to get high yield and high quality fodder.
Blocks method is another successful method in forage cultivation. Farmer can harvest the fodder as per in requirement and irrigate the same block.
Spring - Feb to April
Kharif - May to August
Rabi (Central India and South India only) - September to October
Spacing:Nutrifeed spacing is row to row 30 cm X plant to plant 25 cm
Fertiliser:Fertiliser should use according to the soil test results.
N-30 Kg (60 Kg Urea),
P-25 Kg (45 Kg DAP or 120 kg SSP),
K-10 Kg (20 Kg Potash) per Acre recommended for Nutrifeed.
Adequate nitrogen will ensure the crop fast growth and quick recovery after cutting. Apply Nitrogen as top dressing to get optimum benefit.
Weeds in Nutrifeed can be easily control by spraying 1 Kg Atrazine 50% WP per 1 acre.
Insect & Disease Management
From past experience, No pest and disease have been observed. Please follow the guidelines of company executive for control measures.
Cutting & Harvesting:
Nutrifeed can cut and feed at any time but 1 meter to 1.2 meter is idle height to get more benefits from green fodder in terms of nutritive values. Nutrifeed should be cut 6 to 8 inches above ground level when harvesting to promote faster re-growth for multi-cut.
Post Cutting Activities:
Apply adequate nitrogen and water for regeneration of fresh leaves and Stems.