Amazing Endophtes, part 1: Introduction to the Endophyte

A lush green tall fescue pasture can often hide an unseen dark side. Many livestock producers recognize that although tall fescue is considered a quality forage, the presence of a fungal endophyte (endo = inside, phyte = plant) can limit animal productivity. Unfortunately, most fescue grown in the United States (largely the Kentucky 31 variety)Continue reading “Amazing Endophtes, part 1: Introduction to the Endophyte”

Workshops Cure For Toxic Fescue Problems

Brownfield Ag News reporter Julie Harker interviews University of Missouri Extension forage specialist Craig Roberts about renovating toxic fescue pastures with novel endophyte fescue.  Fescue renovation and management is taught in workshops every year throughout the Fescue Belt. The Alliance for Grassland Renewal is a national organization focused on enhancing the appropriate adoption of novelContinue reading “Workshops Cure For Toxic Fescue Problems”

Novel Endophyte Establishment at Kevin Moyers Twilight Farms

Kevin Moyers, of Twilight Farms near Hot Springs, VA, also has cattle on a family farm in WV.  He noticed a great difference in the weaning weights of his calves at the two separate farms.  The farm at Hot Springs had a lot more fescue and the calf weaning weights were significantly lower compared toContinue reading “Novel Endophyte Establishment at Kevin Moyers Twilight Farms”

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”