Flourish Tall Fescue

  • ENHANCEHigh yielding, endophyte free
  • Superior summer regrowth
  • High grazing preference due to sugar content
  • Great for winter stockpiling
  • Excellent persistence and drought tolerance
  • Wide area of adaptation

Flourish is an endophyte free, medium-late maturing tall fescue variety which eliminates concerns about fescue foot, bovine fat necrosis or fescue toxicosis in cattle. Two characteristics that make Flourish stand apart from other tall fescues are summer regrowth and grazing preference. Summer regrowth exceeds that of KY-31, Enhance and Max Q by 5%, 9% and 10% respectively when averaged over regions. This indicates better forage distribution throughout the growing season, reducing the summer slump that cool season grasses experience. After reviewing sugar content data from FFR trials, Flourish had the highest sugar content when compared to all other commercial and experimental varieties during first cutting. This explains why Flourish consistently ranks among the highest entries in cattle grazing preference trials. Widely adapted with excellent stem rust resistance, Flourish will perform like no other tall fescue variety available.

Performance Data – Forage Yield of Regrowth Cuttings

North South PNW Total
Entry Cuts % Mean Cuts % Mean Cuts % Mean Cuts %Mean
Flourish 33 102 19 108 5 106 57 105
 vs KY-31 100 99 103 100
Flourish 38 103 18 110 10 105 66 105
 vs Enhance 96 96 98 96
Flourish 38 103 18 110 5 106 61 104
 vs MaxQ 98 86 93 94

Performance Data – Grazing Preference

Entry May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 Avg.
Flourish 6.2 5.3 4.5 4.7 5.2
 vs KY-31 4.0 2.5 2.3 3.3 3.0
 vs KY-31+ 5.3 4.3 1.3 2.7 3.4
 vs MaxQ 3.2 2.0 2.0 2.3 2.4
LSD .05 1.6 3.1 1.7 1.8

*All ratings from a University of Kentucky beef cattle grazing trial, 2006 seeding at Lexington; grazing preference scores: 1= not grazed; 9 = all grazed.

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