Tall fescue is the best grass for stockpile grazing.

Description

Tall fescue has a strong agronomic constitution that allows season long productivity that is unmatched by most other cool season grasses. Tall fescue can grow in wet conditions well but is also very drought tolerant. On dairy farms tall fescue is a fabulous addition to the hay portfolio and on beef operations in the Midwest it remains the foundation of pasture systems. In the past number of years, tall fescue has made many appearances at the World Dairy Expo Forage Super Bowl! While tall fescue has long been thought of as a Southern grass, more recently it has shown it can thrive in Wisconsin and Minnesota! Our suppliers are heavily invested in tall fescue breeding programs and bring us a wide selection of varieties for the various situations we face throughout the Midwest.

Management

Tall fescue can be planted with alfalfa, with grass hay mixes, or simply in mono-culture for hay or pasture systems. Remember that tall fescue, like most cool season grasses, stores 90% of food for regrowth after harvest in the bottom 2 to 2.5 inches of the stem. This means that for maximum growth and production at least 3 to 4 inches of stubble should remain after harvest. Also, for top yield, we recommend 1 to 1.5 lbs of available N for each day of growth. Tall fescue can tolerate less than ideal fertility but, like most crops, it gives best yield and quality in balanced soils. Tall fescue is the best grass for stockpile grazing.

Establishment

Tall fescue is fairly easy to establish, but remember, a good seed bed is at the heart of excellent stands of hay or pasture. It can be no-tilled into existing alfalfa stands (.25 to .50 inches deep) immediately after harvest. (Talk to your dealer about the proper timing for your area.) When seeding in a prepared seed bed, make sure sufficient packing has been done before and after seed is put down. Also, 20 to 30 units of N at seeding is necessary for a faster establishment.

Triumphant

Description:

  • High first cut yield
  • Strong fall recovery and regrowth
  • Early maturity
  • Excellent disease resistance
Barelite

Description:

  • Barenbrug USA's latest release endophyte-free tall Fescue
  • Select in USA after multiple screening trials
  • Soft leaf
  • High forage yields
  • Impressive digestibility
  • Key component of Premium Hay Blend

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Kora

Description:

  • Bred in Czech Republic by DLF
  • High digestibility
  • High yields
  • Very winterhardy
  • Key component of Premium Hay Blend
  • Very high in NDFd
  • Available in organic

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5,6

STF-43

Description:

  • Product of Barenbrug USA
  • Premium blend of late maturing, soft leaf tall fescue
  • High energy
  • Highly digestible, therefore promoting rumen health and productivity
Tuscany II

Description:

  • Variable soil types and moisture conditions
  • Excellent heat and drought tolerance
  • Increased yield, palatability, and intake
  • Good for grazing, hay production, haylage, silage, and stockpiling
Martin II

Description:

  • Strong Seedling Vigor
  • High Drought Tolerance
  • Excellent Quality / High Palatability
  • Good Winter Hardiness
  • Endophyte-free
Tower

Description:

  • Yielding throughout the season
  • Excellent disease tolerance
  • High lodging resistance
  • Early growth start and wide spring window
  • Soft leaves