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Grass
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Tall Fescue Festuca arundinacea Schreb.

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Longevity:

Perennial

Palatability:

Medium

Winter Hardiness:

Fair

Growth Habit:

Bunchgrass with tendency to form tight sod.

Drought Tolerance:

Fair

Cool or Warm Season:

Cool

Use and Comments:

High-yielding, cool season pasture (include legume with mixture), hay, soil conservation; AY-98 and AY-258.

Distribution in U.S.:

Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast.

Height:

24-48 inches.

Round.

Leaves:

Dull upper surface; shiny underside; veins distinct; auricles usually blunt and hairy; low ligule; cross section of leaf blade flat.

Inflorescence:

Open panicle; 5 to 9 florets per spikelet.


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Soil
Drainage:

Somewhat Poorly Drained

Fertility:

Medium

pH:

5.4-6.2

 
 
Seed
Color:

Tannish-brown.

Shape:

Oblong; rachilla slender, round, and knobbed.

Other Characteristics:

Lemma nerves are inconspicuous on dry seed.

Pounds Per Bushel:

22

Seeds Per Pound:

227,000

Seeding Rate:

15 pounds PLS per acre.

Seeding Date (Indiana):

Mar 1-May 1 or Aug 1- Sept 1

Emergence Time (Days):

14

Optimum Germ. Temp. (F):

60-85

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For more forage information contact Dr. Keith Johnson: johnsonk@purdue.edu

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