Document Type : Research Paper


1 Professor, Department of Plant Production and Genetics, Agricultur’s Faculty, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran.

2 M.Sc. Studnt, Department of Plant Production and Genetics, Agricultur’s Faculty, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Production and Genetics, Agricultur’s Faculty, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran.


The evaluation of different forage crops (clover, barley, chickpea, vetch, and fenugreek) and planting method's effect on the quality and quantity of forage yield was the main goal of this study. This study was conducted as a split-plot based on a randomized complete blocks design with three replications on the experimental research field of agriculture faculty, the Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz during 2017-2018. Main plot included three planting methods (row intercropping with 10 cm and 20 cm interval and mixed intercropping) and sub-plot was seven forage crops with dominance of barley (50% barley+50% clover as control, 50% barley+25% clover+25% chickpea, 50% barley+25% clover+25% vetch, 50% barley+25% clover+25% fenugreek and 50% barley+25% vetch+25% fenugreek). Total forage yield and yield components and also, some quality parameters of forage (ADF, NDF, WSC, DMD, raw fiber and ash were measured. The results showed that the highest total forage yield (1268.9 g.m-2) was belonged to crop diversity of 50% barley + 25% chickpea + 25% fenugreek with 10 cm - row intercropping. It can be due to the highest of all forage yield components including stem, leaves and reproductive dry weight.


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