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TALL FESCUE Festuca
Tall fescue is a cool season, aggressive perennial bunchgrass.
Tall Fescue produces an abundance of basal leaves of up to 12 inches in
length. It can grow to heights of 2 to 4.5 feet if left un-mowed.
Tall Fescue is used for lawns, pastures and hay production along with
erosion control from Canada into Florida. In warmer climates is
performs as an annual grass. Tall Fescue was introduced to the
US from Europe in early 1900's. Today there are hundreds of
varieties grown. K31 (Kentucky-31) is a pasture selection that is
probably the best known of all Tall Fescues. Today there are newer
"safe endophyte" and "low endophyte" varieties available that are suitable
for forage use without the toxicity of older varieties.
Pastures: 25-30 lbs./acre. Broadcast.
Lawns: 8-10 lbs / per 1000 sq. ft.
Soil pH should be 6.5 - Plant 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep.
Plant in spring or early fall for best results.
Can be planted from September through May in most areas.
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Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue:
K31 is a hardy perennial Fescue that produces an open type
growth and abundant bottom leaves. Deep rooted, tolerant of alkaline
and acid soils, and is a very drought tolerant grass.
go dormant under stress (heat / drought / low temperatures) With
good production practices makes an adequate forage or hay crop.
Planted on millions of acres of pastures, lawns and roadsides throughout
the South East. Okay for cattle under proper rotational management
but seldom recommended anymore due to supply of improved "friendly
Not recommended at all for use with horses.
Improved Forage Varieties:
There are now available newer improved forage Tall Fescues
that have less toxicity to cattle and horses thus allowing for more gain
and less digestive problems.
Jesup Endophyte free
are two examples. These newer varieties are also selected on their
ability to provide an increase in total production and less susceptible to
FORAGE TALL FESCUE: