Comparative performance of different wheat-grass production techniques under greenhouse condition

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Comparative performance of different wheat-grass production techniques under greenhouse condition

Sohail Raza Haidree, Zia-Ul-Haq, Shahid Javed Butt, Talha Mehmood, Abdul Qadeer
Int. J. Biosci.15( 4), 395-400, October 2019.
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For year round supply of fodder three techniques of wheat-grass production under protected environment were compared. Hydroponics fodder provides natural way to provide nutrients for the animals and plays major role in livestock health and overall growth. Hydroponics fodder actually plays a major role in feed of the milch animals. In Pakistan year-round fodder availability is very important especially in slack period. Nutrient film technique is an improved method to grow wheat-fodder without soil by using nutrients water in channels. The process of growing wheat-fodder hydroponically allows the control of climatic conditions for optimum growth. In hydroponics agriculture, only two weeks are required for the harvesting of wheat-grass due its fast growing habit under protected environment. Keeping in view the importance of fodder, an experiment was conducted at Hydroponic Research Station Rawat, Institute of Hydroponic Agriculture (IHA), PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi. The experiment conducted for two size of re-circulating PVC pipes (7.6 and 10.1 cm dia) and steel trays (8.8 and 12.5 cm width) while their comparison was made with drip irrigation system and pasteurized soil for wheat-grass production. Five clusters were selected from each Channel and data recorded for various crop growth parameters like germination rate, cluster height, number of tillers, root length, fresh weight and dry weight was statistical analyzed by using Complete Randomized Design (CRD). It was concluded from the study that NFT proved to be a better technique as compared to drip and pasteurized soil.


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