It is suitable for cultivation in areas of sub-mountain and low hill sub-tropical zone of H.P., which are below 800 m under rainfed and irrigated conditions and fertile as well as marginal lands. It is very vigorous and tall growing with thin tillers, erect growth habit, very leafy (14–15 leaves/tiller), glaborous nodes and soft stems upto full growth. It is ready for harvest after 60 days of transplanting. It gives fresh fodder and dry matter yield of 114 t/ha and 37 t/ha respectively. On an average, it contains 6.35% crude protein and 2.8% oxalate. 3–4 cuttings can be obtained under rainfed conditions.
NB-21: It was developed by PAU, Ludhiana and released for all India cultivation. It is a fast growing variety with high tillering capacity. Stems are thin and non-hairy with long, smooth and narrow leaves. Oxalic acid content is comparatively less than other varieties.
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