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Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia

On-line version ISSN 1806-9290

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CORREA, Luciano de Almeida et al. Effects of sources and rates of nitrogen on forage production and quality of coastcrossgrass. R. Bras. Zootec. [online]. 2007, vol.36, n.4, pp.763-772. ISSN 1806-9290.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-35982007000400003.

Forage production and quality of coastcross grown on a dark red latosol (Hapludox) were evaluated in 1998-1999 and 1999-2000, from November to April, in São Carlos, São Paulo state, Brazil, under a tropical altitude climate. The experimental design was a randomized block design, in a split-plot arrangement, with four replications. In the main plots were allocated ten treatments, organized in a 2 ´ 5-factorial scheme (two nitrogen sources: urea and ammonium nitrate, and five N levels: 0, 25, 50, 100, and 200 kg N/ha/cutting, in five consecutive cuttings - repeated measures). Data were analyzed by MIXED procedure of SAS, using a repeated measure model. Nitrogen fertilization increased DM yield, CP concentration, in vitro DM digestibility, and nitrate concentration, and reduced DM and NDF concentrations in the forage. In the first year, N doses associated with 80% of the maximum forage yield were 88 and 78 kg/ha, corresponding to average dry matter yields of 2,769 and 3,202 kg N/ha/cutting, respectively, for urea and ammonium nitrate. In the second year, N doses which produced 80% of the maximum forage yield were 91and 116 kg/ha, respectively, for urea and ammonium nitrate, corresponding to average DM yields of 2,312 and 3,073 kg ha/cutting, respectively.

Keywords : ammonium nitrate; crude protein; nutritive value; tropical grass; urea.

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