Select Tall Fescue

Low endophyte

Select Tall Fescue has greatly reduced levels (less than 5%) of the endophyte fungus. This eliminates concerns that animals feeding on SELECT Tall Fescue will develop feeding disorders like fescue foot, bovine fat necrosis or fescue toxicosis which are normally associated with animals feeding on highly infected fescue cultivars like Kentucky 31.

When establishing a new pasture, make a good effort to eliminate any old fescue in the field by using a herbicide, tilling and/or crop rotation.

Medium-late maturity

Select Tall Fescue has outstanding regrowth and color during the summer for maximum grazing. Tall fescue has the best summer forage production of the cool season grasses normally used in pastures.

Excellent hay and pasture variety

SELECT can be utilized in pure stands or in combination with legumes such as white clover, red clover, alfalfa or lespedeza. Tall fescueforms a tight sod, when seeded at proper rates, that will withstand the pressures of continuous stocking. SELECT also makes outstanding hay when harvested prior to maturity. Stubble height should be 3 to 4 inches when grazed or hayed.

Perfect for winter stockpiling

Tall fescue maintains nutritive value better than other cool season grasses, which allows growth to be “stockpiled” in the field for winter grazing.

Wide area of adaptation

Tall fescue can be grown successfully on a wide range of soil types and can tolerate pH from 4.7 to 9.5. Optimal production and feeding value will be achieved in a more neutral pH with proper fertilization.

FFR YIELD DATA
VarietyLOC/YRS% Mean
Select25101
Fuego1198
Mozark2397
Barcel2384

 

PLANT CHARACTERISTICS
MaturityMedium
EndophyteLow

 

ARGONOMIC TRAITS
PersistenceVery Good
Drought ToleranceVery Good

 

MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
Planting Rate (pure)15-20 ft / A
Planting Rate (mix)8-10 # / A
Seeding Dates (Spring)3/1 – 5/15
Seeding Dates (Summer)8/1 – 9/15
Minimum Soil pH5.5
Stockpiling CapabilitiesExcellent
Primary UseGrazing and pure grass hay

 

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