AST9001 Turf Tall Fescue

AST9001 is a new, elite turf-type tall fescue variety developed to stand up to the environmental stresses that plague tall fescue varieties while providing the ultimate in turf quality. Superior brown patch resistance is a key characteristic of AST9001 and it is a top performer in brown patch trials conducted by NTEP. AST9001 demonstrates superior drought tolerance and has a very aggressive tillering growth habit which allows the plant to recover quickly from damage. AST9001 has the ability to grow and persist under saline irrigation which is critically important with today’s water challenges. AST9001 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: 1.5-4 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.

Brown Patch (warm)
NTEP 2008 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

4 Locations

Ratings 1-9

9=No disease

Va n Gogh6.9
AST90016.8
Falcon V6.8
Rebel IV6.6
Titanium LS6.7
Crossfire 36.4
LSD1.0
Drought Stress Ratings
NTEP 2008 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

Brookings, SD

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

Justice5.8
AST90015.5
Mustang5.5
Cochise IV5.3
Falcon V5.2
Catelyst5.0
LSD0.7
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2008 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

Columbia, MO

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

3rd Millennium SRP7.2
AST90017.1
Falcon V7.0
Mustang 47.0
Hunter6.8
Pedigree6.6
LSD0.9
Genetic Color Ratings
NTEP 2008 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

20 Locations

Ratings 1-9

9=Dark Green

AST90017.3
Raptor II7.1
Cochise IV6.9
Mustang 46.9
Van Gogh6.8
Falcon V6.6
LSD0.2
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2008 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

Lexington, KY

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

Falcon V7.7
AST90017.5
Cezanne RZ7.0
Hudson6.6
Falcon IV6.3
Ninja 36.1
LSD0.8
Mean Turfgrass Quality
NTEP 2008 Progress Report

Tall Fescue Cultivar Ratings

Griffin, GA

Ratings 1-9

9=Best

Hudson6.7
AST90016.6
Firecracker LS6.4
Darlington6.3
Magellan6.0
Padre5.9
LSD0.6

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