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Conference paper - Peer-reviewed, 2016

Widening the harvest window with contrasting grass-clover mixtures

Nilsdotter-Linde, Nilla; Halling, Magnus; Jansson, Jan


Widening the harvest window for the first silage cut is crucial in adapting to unstable weather conditions without degrading the silage nutrient content. This study investigated whether a grass-clover mixture containing late species and varieties harvested late could provide the same yield and nutritional quality as a mixture with early species and varieties harvested early. Trials based on a split-plot design (four replicates), with harvest time on main plots and seed mixture on sub-plots, were conducted at three sites in Sweden in 2007-2009. The results showed that on average for all three sites and ley years, there were no significant differences in silage yield, energy content or fibre content between the early mixture harvested early and the late mixture harvested late. Thus in practice the harvest window can be widened by 9 days for the first cut by using an early cut mixture containing early varieties of timothy, meadow fescue, perennial ryegrass and clover, or a late cut mixture containing late varieties of timothy, perennial ryegrass and clover, but without meadow fescue.


seed mixture, harvest time, forage, yield, energy, NDF

Published in

Grassland Science in Europe
2016, Volume: 21, pages: 191-193
Book title: Proceedings of the 26th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation
ISBN: 978-82-17-01677-9
Publisher: Organising Committee of the 26th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation, NIBIO


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