Growth and Yield of Brachiaria ruziziensis and Brachiaria mulato as Affected by Manure Application

Authors

  • V. O .A. Ojo Federal University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
  • A. I. Adewuyi Federal University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
  • T. A. Adeyemi Federal University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
  • B. T. Odunaye Federal University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
  • J. A. Olanite Federal University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Keywords:

Bracharia grasses, dry matter yield, leaf number, plant height, swine manure

Abstract

The experiment was conducted to determine the effects of swine manure application rates on the growth components and dry matter yield of Brachiaria ruziziensis and Brachiaria mulato II grasses. The experiment was a 3 x 2 factorial experiment laid out as a split-plot design with 3 swine manure application rates (0, 5, 10 t ha-1) as the main plot and 2 Bracharia species (B. ruziziensis and B. mulato II) as the sub-plot replicated three times. Growth parameters were determined at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks of growth, while dry matter yield was determined at 8 weeks after sowing. Results showed that B. ruziziensis was morphologically taller than B. mulato II at all weeks of growth. The heights of the plants significantly (p<0.05) increased with increasing manure application rate at all weeks of growth. Significantly (p<0.05) higher yield (4.36 ha-1) was recorded for B. ruziziensis than in B. mulato (3.00 ha-1). Dry matter yield of the plants increased as the rate of manure application increased. In conclusion, herbage yield increased as the swine manure application rate increased also, better morphological traits and yield were obtained with B. ruzuziensis than with B. mulato.

Author Biographies

V. O .A. Ojo, Federal University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Department of Pasture and Range Management 

A. I. Adewuyi, Federal University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Department of Pasture and Range Management 

T. A. Adeyemi, Federal University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Department of Pasture and Range Management 

B. T. Odunaye, Federal University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Department of Pasture and Range Management 

J. A. Olanite, Federal University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2240, Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Department of Pasture and Range Management 

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Published

2024-07-09

How to Cite

Ojo, V. O. .A. ., Adewuyi, A. I. ., Adeyemi, T. A., Odunaye, B. T., & Olanite, J. A. (2024). Growth and Yield of Brachiaria ruziziensis and Brachiaria mulato as Affected by Manure Application. Nigerian Journal of Animal Production, 802–804. Retrieved from https://njap.org.ng/index.php/njap/article/view/5814

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