For staggered sowing, harvesting, irrigation and fertigation ridges and furrows method is very successful to get high yield and high quality fodder.
Blocks method is another successful method in forage cultivation. Farmer can harvest the fodder as per in requirement and irrigate the same block.
Irrigate the field before and after sowing for better germination and healthy crop.
Spring - Feb to April
Kharif - May to August
Rabi (Central India and South India only) - September to November
Seed Rate:Heavy black soils 10 Kg and Light soils 12 Kg per Acre.
Spacing:BMR spacing is row to row 25 cm X plant to plant 10 cm.
N-30 Kg (60 Kg Urea),
P-15 Kg (30 Kg DAP or 100 kg SSP),
K-10 Kg (20 Kg Potash) per Acre.
Adequate nitrogen will ensure the crop fast growth and quick recovery after cutting. Nitrogen has to apply as top dressing only to get optimum benefit.
Apply adequate nitrogen and water for regeneration of fresh leaves and Stems.
BMR can be infected by Stem borer and Shoot borer. Apply 8 Kg of UMET per acre before sowing to control shoot and stem borer.
BMR can cut at feed at any time but 1 meter to 1.2 meter is idle height to get more benefits from green fodder Sugargraze should cut above 6 to 8 inches height from the ground level while harvesting/ cutting which is necessary to get immediate re-growth for multi-cut.