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Tall Fescue (Lolium arundinaceum (Schreb.) S.J. Darbyshire)

Characteristics

  • Yield based on 3 harvests/season
  • Seeds/pound: 227,000
  • Seeding rate: 10-14 lbs pure live seed/acre (18-20 lbs/acre for conservation purposes)
  • Seeding date: early spring, or late summer before August 15
  • Deep rooted bunch grass, very winter hardy
  • Good for stored feed and intensive pasture, need endophyte-free variety
  • Used for stabilizing grass waterways, slopes and roadbanks, also food and cover for wildlife
  • Good for areas of heavy livestock or machinery traffic

Advantages

  • good quality possible
  • easy to establish
  • high yield, with good summer production
  • good stockpiled forage for late season grazing
  • adapted to acid and somewhat poorly-drained soils

Concerns

  • not adequately tested as lactating dairy cow forage
  • not well suited to droughty soils

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