Pigeonpea Benefits Cattle on the Range

Arnold, J. (2002) Pigeonpea Benefits Cattle on the Range. Agricultural Research, 58 (8). p. 18.

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Livestock producers across the Great Plains could have the benefits of nutritious forages year round thanks in part to pigeonpea, Cajanus cajan. Pigeonpea is a summer legume with excellent drought tolerance. It is used extensively in Asia for human food and livestock feed. The crop ranks sixth in the world in dryland legume production. Agricultural Research Service scientists, led by agronomist Srinivas C. Rao at the Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno, Oklahoma, found that pigeonpea has the potential to fill the late summer/fall gap in forage availability. "A basic goal of all grazing programs is to provide high-quality forage year-round, reducing costs of harvesting and storing forage or purchasing concentrate feeds for use when green forage can't be grown," says Rao. "No single crop can provide forage year round, so we're seeking new forage species that can grow when traditional ones aren't productive." .......

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: ARS(USA)
Subjects: Animal Husbandary > Live Stock
Divisions: Pigeonpea
Depositing User: Mr. SanatKumar Behera
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 09:14
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 09:14
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/4164

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