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Growth, competitive strength and herbage quality of herbs in multispecies leys

Søegaard, K.; Eriksen, J. and Askegaard, M. (2012) Growth, competitive strength and herbage quality of herbs in multispecies leys. Grass and Forage Science, , p. 1. [Submitted]

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Herbs are established in many organic grasslands due to expected beneficially properties of nutritive value and biodiversity. However, knowledge about grassland herbs is limited. Three mixtures were therefore established at different grazing/cutting management and slurry application. The competitiveness of the species varied very much. Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) and lucerne (Medicargo sativa) competed best under cutting, opposite chicory (Cichorium intybus) that competed best under grazing. Caraway (Carum carvi), burnet (Poterium sanguisorba) and lotus (Lotus coniculatus) had a relative low competitiveness. Slurry application did not affect the proportion of non-leguminous herbs. The nutritive value differed very much. Caraway had the highest and plantain the lowest value, as judged by in vitro organic matter digestibility (IVOMD) and content of NDF, ADF and ADL. Under cutting, the annual yields of the three mixtures were similar.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Pasture and forage crops
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > ORGGRASS - Grass-clover in organic dairy farming
Deposited By: Kirkegaard, Lene/LKI
ID Code:20624
Deposited On:26 Mar 2012 08:32
Last Modified:28 Mar 2012 11:07
Document Language:English
Refereed:Submitted for peer-review but not yet accepted

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