New Forage Cowpea Variety Release

Pantnagar. 23 September, 2010

 A new forage cowpea variety, UPC 628, developed by G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar has been released and notified by the Central Sub-Committee on Crop Standards, Notification and Release of Variety in Agricultural Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, New Delhi in its meeting held under the chairmanship of Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR, on 27-28 June, 2010 in Chennai.

This variety has been recommended for cultivation in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharastra.

Plants of this variety have profuse leafy growth with high leaf stem ratio which ensures better quality of the fodder. Yield potential of this variety is 350-425 quintal/hectare green fodder and 50-55 quintal/hectare dry matter in 85-90 days after planting at 50% flowering stage. Besides high yield of quality fodder, this variety also has better seed yield potential of 6-8 q/ha. The variety has field resistance to cowpea yellow mosaic virus, leaf spot, Anthracnose, collar/root rot, aphid, flea beetle and root-knot nematode. The fodder of this variety has better dry matter digestibility (65-70%) and crude protein content (16-18%). The pods are medium long (15-17 cm) and tolerant to seed-shattering. Slight twining tendency and sub-globose leaflets of this variety make it suitable for mixed/intercropping with maize, sorghum, pearlmillet and other cereal forage crops.

(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA with inputs from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar)