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HEDGE LUCERNE - VELIMASAL ( Desmanthus virgatus )


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Velimasal seeds
 

SEASON AND VARIETIES

Zone District/ Season Month Varieties
Irrigated  
Velimasal
All Districts Throughout the year
Rain fed  
All Districts June - October

PARTICULARS OF VELIMASAL VARIETY

PARTICULARS Velimasal
Parentage Introduction
Duration (Days) Perennial
Green fodder yield (t/ha/year) 90-100 (7 harvests)
Seed yield (kg/ha) 200 - 250
Morphological characters
Plant height (cm) 110-120
No. of branches per plant 15-20
No. of pods per plant 75-100
No. of seeds per pod 6-10
Quality characters
Protein content (%) 20 - 22
Dry matter (%) 18 - 20
Dry matter yield (t/ha/year) 16.2-20.0

PACKAGE OF PRACTICES

1. Season

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Throughout the year under irrigated conditions in all districts. During monsoon under rainfed condition

2. Soil

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Comes up in all types of soils.

3. Preparatory cultivation

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Plough 2 to 3 times to obtain a good tilth and form
ridges and furrows 50 cm apart.

4. Manures and fertilizers

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Basal

FYM         -           25 tonnes/ha

NPK          -           25 : 40 : 20 kg/ha

5. Seed rate

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20 kg/ ha.

6. Spacing

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50 cm x solid stand

7. Weed Management

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Hand weeding whenever necessary.

8. Plant protection

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Generally not required

9. Water management

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Immediately after planting and life irrigation on 3rd day. Then once in 10 days depending on soil type

10. Harvest

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First harvest at 90 days after planting and subsequent harvests once in 50 days.

11. Green fodder yield

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125 t/ha/year

Note: To get better germination seeds must be treated in hot water at 80o C for 5 minutes (boiling water removed from the flame and kept for 4 minutes to attain 80o C). After hot water treatment, seeds should be washed with cold water and soaked in cold water over a night. Seeds should be shade dried before sowing