Effect of cutting management and nitrogen supply on yield and quality of Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum)

Snijders, P.J.M.; Wouters, A.P.; Kariuki, J.N.


In a series of cutting experiments, average apparent nitrogen recovery of applied fertilizer N by Napier grass was approximately 50%. Incorporation of cattle manure improved nitrogen utilization. Mixtures with Desmodium intortum substantially improved yield and protein content. There was a fair to good relation between morphology and crude protein content and in vitro organic matter digestibility of Napier grass.