Tropical Grasslands (1991) Volume 25, 358364
Comparative growth of some African clovers planted at different times
L.S. AKUNDABWENI, J.R. LAZIER and G. LEMME
International Livestock Centre for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
A study was conducted in the Shoan plateau of the north-western Ethiopian highlands to investigate the patterns of dry matter production, the effect of season of establishment, and the best time of harvest for 8 native African and 3 exotic clovers. The native clovers gave higher dry matter yields than the exotic clovers. Dry matter yields were higher in the March-rains planted crop than the June-rains planted crop. The yield of native clovers increased with time for the March-rains crop but not the June-rains crop. This could be largely explained by the difference in the number of days of available moisture for the two crops, the earlier planted crop having a longer growing season.