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Performance of Grass-Legume Mixtures under Irrigation in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey

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Author(s): Mehmet Basbag | M. Bulent Kalkanli | Ismail Gul | Veysel Saruhan

Journal: Journal of Biological Sciences
ISSN 1727-3048

Volume: 7;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 1254;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: smooth brome | timothy | orchardgrass | crested wheatgrass | Alfalfa | meadow-fescue | mixtures

ABSTRACT
This research was conducted in the 2000 and 2002 growing season in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey. In the research, alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) (P.5929), crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum (L.) Gaertner) (Fairway), orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata L.) (Amba), timothy (Phleum pratense L.) (Bilbo), smooth brome (Bromus inermis Leyss.) (Leif), meadow-fescue (Festuca pratensis Huds.) (Laura) and their binary mixtures were used. The research was carried out in a randomized block design with 4 replicates. In all the observed characters, statistically significant differences were determined in 2001, 2002 and two year`s average. According to two years averages; the highest green and dry herbage yields were obtained from alfalfa+timothy, alfalfa+smooth brome, alfalfa+meadow-fescue mixtures. The average values of mixtures for two years green herbage yield ranged from 99.027-116.727 kg haG1, dry herbage yield from 32.130-37.140 kg haG1, protein yield from 4.971-6.107 kg haG1.
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