Studies on the ensilage of some green plant residues. 4. Sweet sorghum

Farag, F.A. and Nour, A.H. and Gohar, M.A. and El-Fadl, M.A. (1971) Studies on the ensilage of some green plant residues. 4. Sweet sorghum. Agricultural Research Review, 49 (2). pp. 165-172.

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At Mallawi and Sabahia, Egypt, 10 mature plants of sweet sorghum (Sorghum vulgare [= bicolor] var. saccharatum) cv. Sart were harvested and divided into various parts. Juice was extracted from stems and peduncles, and the residue after extraction and the leaves were made into hay or silage. Yields/feddan were 4.0 t for roots, 16.9 t for stems, 4.4 t for leaves and 0.8 t for peduncles. Yields of juice were 12.7 t/feddan for stems and 0.4 t/feddan for peduncles (1.77 and 0.04 t total sugars/feddan, respectively). The lactic acid content of the silage was 86-89% of the total acidity, and the pH was 3.8-4.2. Loss of nutrients was greater for hay than for silage. Losses from extracted stems and leaves were 22.5 and 11.7% DM and 0.3 and 1.5% CP respectively, for silage compared with 26.5 and 19.4% DM and 0.6 and 2.6% CP for hay. [1 feddan=0.42 ha]

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Agricultural Microbiology Research Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
Subjects: Plant Production > Production Practices
Divisions: Sorghum
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2012 10:20
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2012 10:21

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