Effect of cutting periods on Brachiaria brizantha cv. MG-5 dry mass production and bromatologic-chemical composition

The experiment was carried out in a green house, at Embrapa Arroz e Feijão. It aimed to evaluate the offect of cutting period on dry mass production and bromatologic- chemical composition of Brachiaria brizantha cv. MG-5. The experimental design was completely randomized, with five replications. The treatments were constituted by four cutting intervals (15, 20, 30 and 60 days). After cuttings at a distant from soil, of ammonium sulfate (100 mg dm-3) was applied to all treatments. Four cuttings were carried out at 15 - day intervals, three at 20 day-intervals, two at 30 - day intervals and one at a 60 day-interval. Increases in cutting intervals caused dry mass production, neutral detergent fiber and acid detergent fiber rase. However, the opposite was observed for bromatologic composition and phosphorus, copper and iron concentrations.

Cutting frequency; nutrient absorption; nutrient value

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