Competitive against many legumes rhizomes can create

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Competitive against many legumes. Rhizomes can create weed problem. Susceptible to ‘kikuyu yellows’ disease
4. Setaria anceps Common names : Nandi seteria. Kakirakambo (Luganda), Alende (luo), Orutumbwa Lutoro), Amachomens, (Lugishu). Characteristics: Tufted perennial growing to a height of 1.5-2meters with long tightly packed and cylindrical flowering head and with short rhizomes.. Young plants bear broad bluish – green leaves, which spring from flat purplish basal shoots. Establishes easily from seed. Adapted to a wide range of soils. Tolerant of flooding and water logging . Some lines frost tolerant.
Setaria anceps… Ecology: Setaria species of various types occur in Uganda. Grows well in areas with more than 762mm of rainfall. Grows at altitudes 1,500 – 2,900m. Requires high soil fertility and plenty of moisture. Can grow well even in acid soils and can withstand water logging At lower altitude it combines well with Glycine, Siratro, green leaf and silver leaf desmodium.
Setaria sp.. Establishment Fresh seed is dormant and should be stored for two months. Normally sown at 2-5 kg/ha. Seedlings are slow to develop, although 'Kazungula' establishes more rapidly than other cultivars Normally planted with a basal NPK dressing Management: Can withstand moderate to heavy stocking for a long time especially after 1 st year of establishment. Nitrogen application beneficial If grown with legume then SS should be applied. Responds well to nitrogen, producing about 30 kg DM and 3 kg CP per kg N applied Annual dry-matter yields of about 26,000 kg/ha
Setaria sp.. Companion species Grasses: Normally not sown with other grasses. Legumes: Neonotonia wightii , Desmodium intortum , D. uncinatum , Macroptilium atropurpureum , Vigna parkeri , Lotus uliginosus , Trifolium repens Pests and diseases Leaf spot caused by Pyricularia grisea affects 'Nandi' and 'Narok' under hot, humid conditions but usually not 'Kazungula'. Fungal diseases caused by Tilletia echinosperma (bunt) in Kenya and Sphacelotheca sp. and Fusarium nivale var. majus in Zaire can seriously reduce seed crops. The buffel grass seed caterpillar ( Mampava rhodoneura ) can also damage seed crops. Attacked by insects such as army worm (Pseudaletia convecta in Australia and Spodoptera exempta in Africa) that attack other tropical grasses. Ability to spread: Spreads effectively by seed, readily colonising disturbed areas such as roadsides
Setaria anceps ( Nandi seteria)
Setaria sp.. Feeding /Nutritive value Moisture levels in fresh growth reaching >85%. CP content of 6-20% depending on age of material and nitrogen fertilisation, with CP digestibility ranging from 44-77%. DM digestibility values of about 70% in young leafy 3- week regrowth, falling to 50-55% at 6-8 weeks Palatable.

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