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Legume Research - An International Journal
Year : 2014, Volume : 37, Issue : 1
First page : ( 98) Last page : ( 100)
Print ISSN : 0250-5371. Online ISSN : 0976-0571.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.0976-0571.37.1.015

Bi-culturing of grass pea and barley in the semi-arid regions of Iran

Alizadeh Khoshnood*, Pooryousef Mahmoud1, Kumar Shiv2

Dryland Agricultural Research Institute, Maragheh, Iran

1Mahabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mahabad, Iran

2International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Rabat, Morocco

*Corresponding author's E-mail: khoshnod2000@yahoo.com

Online published on 13 February, 2014.


Forage production during summer is a challenge in the semi-arid dry areas. There is a short season window after the cereal harvestin the Iranian semi-arid regions that remains fallow till the next growing season. The present study was carried out to identify a suitable crop option to use this short period of two months for forage production. Three seeding rates of grass pea were studied inpure stand and as mixture with volunteer crop of barley from shattered seeds. Forage production and quality related traits were evaluated when grass pea reached flowering stage that coincided with the initial creamy stages of barley. The analysis showed that fresh biomass, and calcium and fiber contents were highly significant (P< 0.01). The highest fresh biomass (43 ton/ha) was obtained in the mixture of barley with grass pea at 200 seeds/m2. The highest fiber content (23.5%) and relatively low ash content (12.6%) were achieved in the mixture of barley with grass pea at 200 seeds/m2. It was concluded that the mixed cropping of barley with grass pea at 200 seeds/m2 was the best combination after barley harvesting using a few irrigations in the semi arid areas.



Forage crops, Hordeum vulgareLathyrus sativus.


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