Ozkan Harmanlıoglu, Mahmut Kaplan
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This study was conducted to determine and compare herbage yield and quality traits of different alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) cultivars under provincial conditions of Kayseri, Turkey. For this purpose, 16 different alfalfa cultivars (Verdor, Özpinar, Verko, Sünter, Kayseri, Savaş, Gea, Ömerbey, Magna-601, Alsancak, Başbağ, Nimet, Bilensoy, Magnum-5, Elçi and Gözlü) were used as the plant material. Experiments were conducted in randomized blocks design with three replications in Kayseri province during the growing seasons of 2014-2015. Significant differences were observed in herbage yields and quality traits of alfalfa cultivars (p≤0.01). Current findings revealed that plant heights varied between 55.75 - 84.83 cm, green herbage yields between 5125.80 - 7388.96 kg/da, dry herbage yields between 1349.30 - 1878.86kg/da, crude protein yields between 243.04 - 283.44 kg/da, crude protein ratios between 16.57 - 20.28%, crude ash ratios between 9.41 - 10.52%, acid detergent fiber (ADF) ratios between 34.57 - 42.27% and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) ratios between 46.89 - 55.21%. Gea and Alsancak alfalfa cultivars were found to be prominent for green herbage, dry herbage and crude protein yields, thus these cultivars were recommended for Kayseri province and similar ecologies.
Cite this paper: Harmanlıoglu, O., Kaplan, M. (2020). HERBAGE YIELD AND QUALITY TRAITS OF DIFFERENT ALFALFA (MEDICAGO SATIVA) CULTIVARS. Current Trends in Natural Sciences, 9(17), 74-82. https://doi.org/10.47068/ctns.2020.v9i17.008