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Meadow Fescue

DESCRIPTION

Of all the grass species, meadow fescue has one of the broadest ranges of application. From dry hay to pasture, from heavy soils to light, meadow fescue can provide good tonnage and excellent quality. Meadow fescue is a semi-bunch type, cool season, European grass that has great winter hardiness. It also, with the exception of Reed Canarygrass, is the best grass for wetter soils.

It will yield slightly less than tall fescue and orchardgrass but has better fiber digestibility and palatability for grazing applications.

MANAGEMENT

Meadow fescue needs fertile soils for optimum performance. It works well in intensively managed grazing or hay production if not mowed lower than 3 inches.

ESTABLISHMENT

Meadow fescue will establish faster than tall fescue or orchardgrass but will still benefit from a nurse crop. Use a low rate of a small grain or combine with festulolium or ryegrass to help suppress weeds. Meadow fescue is a good no-till option but will not express itself until the following year.

Tetrax Meadow Fescue

  • The first tetraploid meadow fescue available. The next level of performance.
  • High sugar and yield
  • Easy to hay
  • Hay or pasture
  • Very palatable
  • Very winter hardy

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5



LiHerold Meadow Fescue

  • A proven variety out of Germany
  • A top performer in trials from Wisconsin to Kentucky
  • A standout in our Rockville plots for the past 3 years
  • Fast Establishing

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5



KF Galaxy

  • High palatability
  • Very cold tolerant
  • Very winter hardy
  • A top performer throughout the Midwest
  • Exceptional quality-high NDFD
  • Excellent for pasture or hay



Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5



Meadow Fescue Maturity Palatability Digestibility Winter Hardiness Grazing Suitability
LiHerold Late 8 8 9 8
KF Galaxy Late 8 8 9 8
Tetrax Late 8 8 9 8


(OR)
KF Allegro Italian Ryegrass

  • Blend of diploid and tetraploid
  • When spring grown (best for North), very resistant to heading
  • 2016 super bowl Grand Champion
  • Best rust-resistant variety in the Byron lineup
  • Serves as emergency forage in just 40 days
  • Highest yielder in research plots

  
  

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

Perun
OR

  • Our most popular choice as a nurse crop for spring-seeded alfalfa or clover and tall fescue for either haylage or pasture
  • A very rapid establishing grass
  • As with Lofa, a very high sugar grass
  • Meadow fescue/Italian ryegrass cross
  • Available in organic

  

Zones: 1,2,3,4