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Purchase Guidelines for Cumbu Napier hybrid setts

Cumbu Napier Hybrid

Cumbu Napier

Season and Varieties

Zone District/Season Month Varieties
Irrigated
All Districts Throughout the year CO 3, CO (CN) 4 and CO (BN) 5

Yield Potential and Quality Characters

PARTICULARS CO 3 CO (CN) 4 CO (BN) 5
Parentage Interspecific hybrid between Cumbu PT 1697 x Penneisetumpurpureum Interspecific hybrid between Cumbu CO 8 x FD 461 Interspecific hybrid between Fodder cumbu IP 20594 x Napier grass FD 437
Duration (Days) Perennial Perennial Perennial
Green fodder yield (t/ha/yr) 350 (7harvests) 375-400 (7harvests) 360 - 400 (7harvests)
Morphological characters
Plant height (cm) 300 – 360 400-500 400-500
No. of leaves per clump 400-450 400-450 400-430
No. of tillers per clump 30 – 40 30 – 40 30 – 40
Leaf stem ratio 0.70 0.71 1.02-1.19
Leaf length (cm) 80 – 95 110-115

100-110

Leaf width (cm) 3.0 – 4.2 4.0-5.0 4.0-5.0
Quality characters
Dry matter (%) 17.0 21.3 22
Dry matter yield (t/ha/yr) 65.12 79.87 80
Crude protein (%) 10.5 10.71 14
Crude protein yield (t/ha) 5.40 8.71 9.6
Oxalate (%) 2.51 2.48 2.4

Special features of CO (BN) 5
  • High green fodder yield and dry matter yield
  • Broader leaves and succulent stems
  • Winter hardiness and gives stable yield throughout the year
  • Quick regeneration capacity



 
High green fodder yield in CO (BN) 5

Package of Practices

1.
 Season
:
 Throughout the year under irrigated conditions in all districts
2.
 Soil
:
 All types of soils
3.
 Preparatory cultivation
:
 Plough 2 to 3 times to obtain a good tilth and form ridges and furrows.
4.
 Manures and fertilizers
:
 FYM : 25 t/ha
 NPK : 150 : 50 : 40 kg/ha
 Basal
   FYM –25t/ha
   NPK –75:50:40 Kg/ha
 Top dressing
   75 kg N/ha after 30 days after planting
   75 kg N/ha after each cut
5.
 Seed rate
:
 33,333  two budded stem cuttings or rooted slips per ha.
6.
 Spacing
:
 60 x 50 cm
7.
 Weed Management
:
 Hand weeding whenever necessary
8.
 Plant Protection
:
 Generally not required
9.
 Water Management
:
 Immediately after planting; life irrigation on 3rd day and thereafter once in 10 days.
10.
 Harvest
:
 First harvest at 75-80 days after planting  and subsequent harvests once in 45 days
11.
 Green fodder yield
:
 360 - 400 t/ha/yr (7 harvests)
 

Formation of Ridges & Furrows

Two budded setts

Planting of Setts in Ridges & Furrows

Germination of two budded sett

Cumbu Napier
Cumbu Napier
Manual Harvesting
Harvesting by Brush Cutter