General information about seeds
Bangladeshi Half Red is an exotic Napier grass breed. Once planted, fodder lasts for 6 to 7 years. This grass has no thorns or thistles. Apparently green and red in color and early in harvest and 5 to 6 cuttings per year. In the early stages, the leaves appear partially red and the stems appear red. This change with age. The stem turns green and the leaves turn green. This grass does not suffer from any disease.
Land and preparation for planting
Bangladeshi half red fodder crop can be grown in different soils. These crops are grown in a wide variety of soils, from moderate, sandy soils to black loamy soils. Heavy soils are very useful for this crop and well drained soils are required. Once sown, the crop stays in the same soil for 6 to 7 years, so pre-cultivation is very important. For this, if deep plowing is more in depth, break it up and apply 8 to 10 tons of fully decomposed manure per acre in medium to light soil before planting cane in vertical-horizontal plowing.
Before planting, the stalks should be soaked for 10 to 15 minutes in a large container using 2 ml germinator per 1 liter of water and planted.
Planting period and method of cultivation
Bangladeshi half red grass can be planted any time of the year. Sprinkle 3 feet before planting. When planting, place the cane on the side of the sari or at a distance of 1 foot in the middle. Pull the eye of the cane half an inch into the ground. Do not place it too deep or too high, otherwise the grass you have planted may have difficulty growing.
Fertilizer and water planning
Irrigate immediately after planting, then at intervals of 3 to 4 days, then irrigate as per soil requirements. Initially you would have applied manure but since you harvest this grass frequently you will need D.A.P, 10.26.26 after each harvest. Granular chemical fertilizers should be used. If you have an abundance of lentil manure, well-rotted cow-buffalo manure will do well.
Harvesting / production / use
The first harvest should be done 80 to 90 days after planting and the second and subsequent harvests should be done at intervals of 60 to 65 days. Always keep it close to the ground while harvesting. Half red Napier grass is used for animal feed. It is also eaten by all kinds of animals with great relish. Fodder is used in dairy farms and goat rearing. We can grind it and break it up and store it. Normally 5 to 6 of these fodder are harvested in a year. 40 to 50 tons of green fodder can be obtained per acre per harvest. We can get 150 to 200 tons of fodder in a year. We can make this fodder as required. The growth of this grass is less on cold days.
Seeds per acre
It takes 12000 sticks per 1 acre of land.