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Table 5 Water-soluble carbohydrate fraction (%DM) of alfalfa in in Experiments I and II, means (n = 4)

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

Water-soluble carbohydrate fraction (WSC, %DM)
  Condition Gold Queen alfalfa Suntory alfalfa
Early harvest Late harvest Early harvest Late harvest
Spring 2013 Control 6.58 ± 0.04a 6.84 ± 0.02a 6.40 ± 0.04a 6.72 ± 0.48a
Moderate spring drought 6.52 ± 0.14a 6.74 ± 0.92a 6.40 ± 0.14a 6.69 ± 0.41a
Severe spring drought 6.53 ± 0.03a 6.83 ± 0.02a 6.38 ± 0.03a 6.70 ± 0.05a
Control 6.52 ± 0.03a 6.83 ± 0.01a 6.38 ± 0.02a 6.66 ± 0.05a
Moderate summer drought 6.52 ± 0.03a 6.82 ± 0.02a 6.38 ± 0.02a 6.66 ± 0.05a
Severe summer drought 6.57 ± 0.04a 6.87 ± 0.02a 6.50 ± 0.06b 6.74 ± 0.05a
Spring 2014 Control 6.5 ± 0.03a 6.82 ± 0.02a 6.36 ± 0.03a 6.70 ± 0.04a
Early spring severe drought 6.34 ± 0.02b 6.71 ± 0.02b 6.31 ± 0.04a 6.55 ± 0.05b,c
Late spring severe drought 6.28 ± 0.02b 6.62 ± 0.03c 6.30 ± 0.03a 6.46 ± 0.07c
rainfed 6.48 ± 0.03a 6.80 ± 0.02a 6.33 ± 0.03a 6.66 ± 0.04a,b