This new 2-volume set discusses the importance of fodder production of the minor fodder crops for animals. The volumes focuses on fodder production for forage crops, cover 17 major forage crops and 25 minor forage crops. The volumes discuss crop production methodology and agronomic management in a systemic way, providing an abundance of information on each type of forage crop discussed, including preferred soil type, land capability, cropping patterns, climate, and socioeconomic conditions. They also address pests of the various forage crops, disease management, agroforestry in fodder and forage crops, preservation of forage crops, and forage production and climate change.
Forage crops are very essential for quality milk and meat production. Farm animals are normally fed fodder available from cultivated areas, supplemented by a small extent with harvested grasses and top feeds. The three major sources of fodder are crop residues, cultivated fodder, and fodder from trees, pastures, and grazing lands. The patterns and types of fodder crops vary by geographical location.
Publisher: Apple Academic Press Inc.
Number of pages: 620
Weight: 1569 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"A great source of information for readers interested in forage crops . . . A detailed account of forage crops . . . The books are a great read for people involved with fodder production and for people practicing sustainable agriculture, who can explore dual-purpose cropping allowing them to cultivate food and fodder together. The reader is introduced to very effective cultivation methods including intercropping as well as agronomic management, post harvesting technologies, and storage and packaging of fodder. . . . Useful for researchers and ecologists conducting studies on forage crops, especially focusing on the impact of climaie change on crops."
-Economic Botany, 2019, review by Anbreen Bashir, Harris-Stowe State Univesity, Missouri, USA
"A good compilation of all the important forage crops. Scattered information on various aspects of forage crops, including varieties, botanical details, cultural practices, pest-disease problems, climate change, etc., has been nicely compiled in one place. The information provided is aptly compiled and put together. The book provides a handy guide to all the stakeholders, including policyplanners, students, teachers, dairy owners, and forage growers."
-Dr. Ajoy Kumar Roy, FNAAS, MNASc, FRMSI, FISG, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute
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