Variations in Round-the-Year Fodder Production in a Low-Cost Hydroponic Shed

The objective of this study was to evaluate four forage crops, i.e. maize, wheat, cowpea and rice bean, for green fodder production under a low-cost hydroponic shed

Keshab K. Mohapatra

2019

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  • The objective of this study was to evaluate four forage crops, i.e. maize, wheat, cowpea and rice bean, for green fodder production under a low-cost hydroponic shed
  • The experiment was conducted under temperature-controlled condition, irrigation by micro-sprinkler and closed chamber by green agro-shed net cover
  • The result showed that green forage can be produced in 8 days from planting to harvesting using hydroponic technology
  • Maize produced the highest quantity of green fodder per kg seed round the year, followed by wheat, rice bean and cowpea
  • The yield from maize and cowpea did not vary significantly with season, whereas wheat gave better yield during Rabi and rice bean during Kharif and summer

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