• • • Eastern goat’s rue in grassland fodder production in the North-West of Russia

• • • Eastern goat’s rue in grassland fodder production in the North-West of Russia

Perennial legume grasses are the important source for grassland fodder production. These grasses provide livestock with cheap and high-quality forage. Eastern goat’s rue (Galega orientalis Lam.) is one of the main feed component. This highly potential species shows high adaptability. It is proven by its successful cultivation from the Murmansk region to the South of Sakhalin, green mass productivity of 30–80 t ha-1 and dry mass yield of around 18 t ha-1. Sward of eastern goat’s rue can be used for over 12 years, give early fodder (cutting with winter rye), stable seed production (seed productivity — 0.2–0.6 t ha-1), allowing significant cost decrease for its cultivation.

Eastern goat’s rue has high leaf coverage (over 50%); it is used for livestock feeding, hay, haylage and artificially dried feed production. Eastern goat’s rue can be successfully cultivated in the North-West region of the Russian Federation. Sward productivity averages to 7.5–11.9 t ha-1 for 10 years. Eastern goat’s rue cultivation as grass mixtures with gramineous leads to weed proportion decrease, resulting in high-quality fodder production from the first year of its seeding. Growing eastern goat’s rue as monoculture shows intensive growth of weeds in the first years of sward use.

Source: http://kormoproizvodstvo.ru/en/archive/6-2017-2/, p. 6

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