Current Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue Varieties Being Compared at NCSU and Other Universities

Most member states of the Alliance for Grassland Renewal have planted many or all of the available varieties of novel endophyte tall fescue to use in research and extension programs.  Some of these plantings have been used only for demonstration, but more detailed research has also been conducted.  For example, the University of Kentucky hasContinue reading “Current Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue Varieties Being Compared at NCSU and Other Universities”

Pasture Renovation for Horse Farms

When most of us think about pasture renovation, we think of overseeding with desirable grasses like orchardgrass and Kentucky bluegrass. We’ve learned after many years of giving advice on pasture renovation that the easy solution is often not the best solution. When your pasture has major issues, including broadleaf weeds, a high percentage of toxicContinue reading “Pasture Renovation for Horse Farms”

Under the Microscope: A four part look at Endophytes

Part 1: Ergovaline – A Toxin To Avoid in Pastures Endophytes are fungi that live inside plants and are often required in tall fescue and ryegrass pastures to ensure persistence against attacks by insect pests and environmental impacts such as drought. These endophytes enable plant survival through the production of a range of compounds knownContinue reading “Under the Microscope: A four part look at Endophytes”

Alliance for Grassland Renewal Launches New Website

The Alliance for Grassland Renewal is a partnership between seed and related industry companies, universities, non-profits and other interested parties.  The goal of the organization is to support the appropriate adoption of novel endophyte technology through promotion, education, incentives and quality control. This unique collaboration is starting to make a big impact on the managementContinue reading “Alliance for Grassland Renewal Launches New Website”

Even Dung Beetles Prefer Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue

Tatsiana Shymanovich, UNC Greensboro and Sam Ingram, Corteva Agriscience The negative impact of Kentucky-31 tall fescue on cattle and other pastured animals is well documented. And from a recent study in North Carolina, data suggests this the ergot alkaloids produced from Kentucky-31 may also negatively impact beneficial dung beetles. To feed their larvae, dung beetlesContinue reading “Even Dung Beetles Prefer Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue”

What’s Next?

Selecting Winter Forages to Follow Warm Season Annuals. Following last summer’s drought, many beef producers converted thin tall fescue stands into annual rotations of cool and warm season forages to provide emergency forage. Most of the summer species like sorghum x sudan, pearl millet, or crabgrass are already planted and are producing high-quality forage. WhileContinue reading “What’s Next?”

Prevent Fescue Seeds from Maturing in Anticipation of Fall Pasture Renovation

Tall Fescue is the most common cool-season forage in the eastern US, and much of it is infected with a toxic fungus that lives in the plant (called the “endophyte”).  There are many solutions to the problem of toxic fescue, but none better than killing out old stands and planting an exciting new type ofContinue reading “Prevent Fescue Seeds from Maturing in Anticipation of Fall Pasture Renovation”

Freezing, thawing aid in seeding legumes over thinning pastures this winter

Duane Dailey | Published January 29, 2020 Source: Craig Roberts, 573-882-0481  COLUMBIA, Mo. – Present weather with frequent freezing and thawing helps farmers overseed weakened pastures. Natural fluctuations in soil help work broadcast seed into thinned grass stands.  “It’s no-till help,” says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.  Thin stands of grass causedContinue reading “Freezing, thawing aid in seeding legumes over thinning pastures this winter”

Tall Fescue Revisited: Establishing Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue as a solution to Fescue Toxicosis

Dr. Matt Poore Tall Fescue.   It performs better than any other cool season perennial grass over most of the Mid-atlantic and Mid-South of the USA.   It can be stockpiled to provide winter grazing that can nearly eliminate the winter hay feeding season with good planning and help from mother nature.  While it is not wellContinue reading “Tall Fescue Revisited: Establishing Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue as a solution to Fescue Toxicosis”