The Alliance For Grassland Renewal Announces dates for virtual workshop and three in person trainings for 2021.

An online, three night Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop will be he held February 23-25, and is open to producers across the US who are interested in learning more about toxic and novel tall fescue endophytes. In person trainings will also be held in Athens, GA (March 18), Mt. Vernon, MO (March 23), and Lexington,Continue reading “The Alliance For Grassland Renewal Announces dates for virtual workshop and three in person trainings for 2021.”

Calving First-Calf Heifers on Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue is Hard to Beat

This past year, I have spent a lot of quality time at the farm, which has been a joy.  My family runs 110 cows on the family farm near Virgilina, Virginia.    We calve starting October 15 and have a tall fescue-based system.  As I write this we are calving and getting along quite well.  InContinue reading “Calving First-Calf Heifers on Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue is Hard to Beat”

Novel Fescue: One Year In

Hear from Virginia cattle producer Miller Adams one year after he began converting pastures to novel endophyte tall fescue. ~ Video produced by Becky Sz The Alliance for Grassland Renewal is a national organization focused on enhancing the appropriate adoption of novel endophyte tall fescue technology through education, incentives, self-regulation and promotion.  For more resourcesContinue reading “Novel Fescue: One Year In”

Strange Behavior Exhibited by Cattle Consuming Toxic Tall Fescue

Here in the South it is not uncommon to see cattle standing in farm ponds that have not been fenced off.  That behavior is common in the summer months when it is hot and humid, especially if there is limited shade to escape the scorching sun.  However, cattle may exhibit strange behavior when grazing pasturesContinue reading “Strange Behavior Exhibited by Cattle Consuming Toxic Tall Fescue”

Why Should I Convert My Pastures?

In the past, I have asked myself this same question…” Why should I or suggest to others to convert to Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue”?  As a disclaimer, I am not an Ag Scientist nor extension agent; this is written from the perspective of a producer. Most of us have heard that cattle grazing fescue canContinue reading “Why Should I Convert My Pastures?”

Amazing Endophyte, part 3: Use Tall Fescue Cultivars with Novel Endophytes

Epichloë coenophiala, the fungal endophyte found in tall fescue, can cause toxicosis by producing ergot alkaloids, but not all isolates are identical. For example, dogs are the same species, Canis familiaris, but different breeds represent genetic diversity of the species. Most Epichloë coenophiala in the fescue belt of the United States produce ergot alkaloids andContinue reading “Amazing Endophyte, part 3: Use Tall Fescue Cultivars with Novel Endophytes”

Research Highlight: Variability of Ergovaline and Total Ergot Alkaloid Expression among Endophytic Tall Fescue Cultivars

Tall fescue is one of the most widely grown grasses in the United States. Most plants are infected with an endophyte that produces high concentrations of ergot alkaloids, which cause fescue toxicosis in livestock. Of all ergot alkaloids, ergovaline has been determined to be one of the main causes of fescue toxicosis. The economic lossesContinue reading “Research Highlight: Variability of Ergovaline and Total Ergot Alkaloid Expression among Endophytic Tall Fescue Cultivars”

The Adams Farm to host Virginia Forage and Grassland Council’s Fall Pasture Walk

This event will highlight the entire process of novel fescue conversion, including site prep, varieties, seeding rates and dates, recommended fertilization,  weed control and grazing management the following season.  It is hosted at a farm where the farmer has enjoyed the success of a fall 2019 planting of novel fescue and a fall 2020 plantingContinue reading “The Adams Farm to host Virginia Forage and Grassland Council’s Fall Pasture Walk”

Details are Critical in Achieving Successful Stand Establishment

Many of our readers are preparing to plant cool season forages.  Whether you are planting annuals in a regular rotation, or are transitioning into improved perennial forages (like novel endophyte tall fescue), the process of planting is one of the critical times you need to pay attention to details.  Most of our recommended management practicesContinue reading “Details are Critical in Achieving Successful Stand Establishment”

Virginia Farm Renovates with Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue

Every wonder why some farmers are transitioning to novel fescue?  Well, it usually boils down to improved cattle performance and calf weaning weights, but don’t take my word for it.  Watch this short video of Kevin Moyers of Twilight Farms from Hot Springs, VA, and hear directly from him as to why he felt hisContinue reading “Virginia Farm Renovates with Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue”