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Table 3 Neutral detergent fibre fraction (NDF, expressed as % DM) of alfalfa in Experiments I and II, means (n = 4)

From: Influence of drought stress on afalfa yields and nutritional composition

Neutral Detergent Fibre fraction (NDF, %DM)
  Condition Gold Queen alfalfa Suntory alfalfa
Early harvest Late harvest Early harvest Late harvest
Spring 2013 Control 47.63 ± 0.27a 49.96 ± 0.42a 48.93 ± 0.37a 51.44 ± 0.17a
Moderate spring drought 45.13 ± 0.17a 46.16 ± 0.12a 46.93 ± 0.27a 50.44 ± 0.67a
Severe spring drought 50.54 ± 0.21b 55.14 ± 0.41b 50.39 ± 0.32b 54.37 ± 0.65b
Control 47.03 ± 0.32a 50.25 ± 0.27a 47.58 ± 0.21a 50.93 ± 0.27a
Moderate summer drought 47.92 ± 0.44a 50.15 ± 0.52a 47.99 ± 0.63a 51.59 ± 0.51a
Severe summer drought 50.33 ± 0.24b 55.35 ± 0.30b 50.97 ± 0.65b 55.84 ± 0.64b
Spring 2014 Control 44.99 ± 0.47a 47.74 ± 0.55a 45.51 ± 0.22a 49.67 ± 0.18a
Early spring severe drought 48.37 ± 0.34b 53.30 ± 0.48b 49.22 ± 0.25b 52.58 ± 0.54b
Late spring severe drought 48.89 ± 0.31b 53.46 ± 0.50b 49.84 ± 0.48b 53.28 ± 0.55b
rainfed 44.43 ± 0.52a 49.09 ± 0.45c 45.74 ± 0.35a 49.70 ± 0.22a