AST7002 Turf Tall Fescue

AST7002 is a new elite turf-type tall fescue variety developed from turf plot selections in Pennsylvania and Oregon. AST7002 exhibits overall superior turf quality while standing up to heat and drought stresses that are a leading cause of decline in tall fescue turf quality & stand. AST7002 has improved resistance to Brown Patch and Pythium Blight which are major problems in tall fescue. A lower overall plant height allows AST7002 to tolerate lower mowing heights than other tall fescue varieties. One unique characteristic of AST7002 is a very aggressive tillering growth habit which allows the plant to recover more quickly from damage and fill in bare spots or thin areas. AST7002 is a medium-fine textured, dense tall fescue with an outstanding dark green color.

Uses

  • Commercial/Residential lawns
  • Athletic fields
  • Recreation areas
  • Parks/Cemeteries
  • Golf course roughs
  • Sod production
  • Roadsides/Low maintenance turf

Management

Planting Rate

  • (new): 6-8 lbs/1000 square feet
  • (existing): 3-4 lbs/1000 square feet

Planting Dates

  • (spring): March-May
  • (fall): August-September

Soil pH: 5.5-8.0

Mowing Height: 2-4 inches; increased heights should be utilized during summer months to reduce stress to the plant

Fertility: 4-7 lbs N/year (refer to soil test for exact amounts needed); Minimum N should be applied during summer months to reduce disease activity.

Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2007 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

Lexington, KY

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

3rd Millennium SRP7.2
AST70027.0
Cezanne RZ7.0
Aggressor6.9
Speedway6.6
Biltmaore6.5
LSD0.6
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2007 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

Viginia Beach, VA

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

AST70028.0
Van Gogh7.8
Essential7.5
Titanium LS7.2
Padre7.2
3rd Millennium SRP6.7
LSD2.6
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2007 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

Columbia, MO

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

AST70026.3
Rhambler SRP6.2
Aggressor6.0
Mustang 45.9
Raptor II5.7
Hunter5.4
LSD0.8
Genetic Color Ratings
NTEP 2007 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

20 Locations

Ratings 1-9

9=Ideal Turf

AST70027.2
Raptor II7.1
3rd Millennium SRP6.8
Firecracker LS6.8
Van Gogh6.7
Speedway6.6
LSD0.3
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2007 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

Knoxville, TN

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

3rd Millennium SRP7.5
AST70027.4
Firecracker LS7.4
Falcon IV7.3
Essential7.2
Biltmore7.2
LSD0.6
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2007 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

Griffin, GA

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

Mustang 46.8
AST70026.6
Raptor II6.4
Fat Cat6.3
Van Gogh6.2
Biltmore6.1
LSD1.6

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