Tropical Grasslands (2001) Volume 35, 1118
Maximising seed yield and seed quality of Paspalum atratum through choice of harvest method
C. PHAIKAEW1, P. PHOLSEN2, S. TUDSRI3, E. TSUZUKI4, H. NUMAGUCHI4 and Y. ISHII4
1Animal Nutrition Division, Department of Livestock Development, Bangkok, Thailand
A 3-year trial (1996–1998) was conducted to determine the most suitable method of hand-harvesting Paspalum atratum seed in north-east Thailand. The trial was arranged in a randomised complete block design with 4 replications, comparing 6 methods of seed harvesting: T1 — Seed heads shaken every 3 days into a large seednet receptacle; T2 — Seed heads covered with a nylon net bag , with an outlet to collect the seed; T3 — A nylon net receptacle placed under the seed heads for 3 weeks after 50% seed head emergence; T4, T5 and T6 — Seed heads cut 10, 15 and 20 days after 50% seed head emergence, respectively.