AST7003 Turf Tall Fescue

AST7003 is a new elite turf-type tall fescue developed from turf plot selections in Pennsylvania and Oregon. AST7003 exhibits superior overall turf quality with key improvements in leaf texture, density and mowability. AST7003 has improved resistance to Brown Patch and Pythium Blight which are major problems in tall fescue turf during the summer. Superior heat and drought tolerance allows AST7003 to thrive during periods of summer stress that normally affect the turf quality and stand of tall fescue. One unique characteristic of AST003 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. AST7003 is a medium-fine tall fescue with a deep, dark green uniform 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.

Summer Density Ratings
NTEP 2007 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

3 Locations

Ratings 1-9

9=Ideal Turf

AST 70037.8
Monet7.7
Raptor II7.4
Essential7.4
Padre7.3
Speedway7.0
LSD0.9
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2007 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

Viginia Beach, VA

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

AST70037.8
Mustang 47.8
Essential7.5
Biltmore7.2
Raptor II7.0
3rd Millennium SRP6.7
LSD2.6
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2007 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

Columbia, MO

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

Mustang 45.9
Firecracker LS5.8
AST70035.6
Van Gogh5.6
Tulsa Time (Tulsa3)5.5
Hunter5.4
LSD0.8
Genetic Color Ratings
NTEP 2007 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

20 Locations

Ratings 1-9

9=Ideal Turf

AST70037.4
Fat Cat7.3
Raptor II7.1
3rd Millennium SRP6.8
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

AST70037.5
Spyder LS7.5
Speedway7.4
Titanium LS7.3
Essential7.2
Padre7.0
LSD0.6
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2007 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

Griffin, GA

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

Mustang 46.8
AST70036.6
Titanium LS6.6
Cezanne RZ6.4
Fat Cat6.3
Biltmore6.1
LSD1.6

Download PDF