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”

First Exemplary Service Award given to Tony and Margaret Stratton

This year, Tony and Margaret Stratton received the first award bestowed by the Alliance for Grassland Renewal.  The Exemplary Service Award recognizes extraordinary contribution, and the Strattons have more than earned that recognition. Tony was a charter member of the Alliance for Grassland Renewal.  Of all board members, he has been the most knowledgeable andContinue reading “First Exemplary Service Award given to Tony and Margaret Stratton”

Amazing Endophyte, part 2: Some Tall Fescue Endophytes Cause Toxicity to Livestock

The presence of a fungal endophyte (endo = inside, phyte = plant) in tall fescue can limit animal productivity even though it enhances the grass’s ability to persist. Endophytes produce compounds like peramine, lolines and ergot alkaloids. Each of these provides protection against some insects, but the ergot alkaloids also cause toxicity to mammals. TelltaleContinue reading “Amazing Endophyte, part 2: Some Tall Fescue Endophytes Cause Toxicity to Livestock”

New-Crop Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue Seed Reaching Dealers in Early September

We have had a lot of questions recently from farmers about when novel endophyte tall fescue seed will be available.  Farmers can go today and buy either Kentucky 31 or many types of endophyte-free tall fescues at farm supply stores, but may be told that novel endophyte tall tescue seed is not yet available.  ThisContinue reading “New-Crop Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue Seed Reaching Dealers in Early September”

A Spring Break from Toxic Fescue Makes All the Difference!

My family has been raising cattle on the Virginia line, due north of Raleigh, NC, for 50 years, where we spent most of our childhood summers.  I grew up thinking that it was a miserable life for a cow in NC compared to cows I was around out west in Northern Arizona where we livedContinue reading “A Spring Break from Toxic Fescue Makes All the Difference!”

Pasture Walk at Kevin Moyer’s Twilight Farms

Kevin Moyers and his family hosted the first summer pasture walk of 2020 for the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council.  This event was co-sponsored by the Alliance for Grassland Renewal and the Mountains to the Bay (M2B) Grazing Alliance.  As the afternoon rain cleared, we began the pasture walk with a total of 32 participantsContinue reading “Pasture Walk at Kevin Moyer’s Twilight Farms”

The Alliance for Grassland Renewal Welcomes Dr. Sam Ingram from Corteva Agrisciences to the Board

The Alliance for Grassland Renewal is pleased to announce that Dr. Sam Ingram from Corteva Agrisciences will be joining the board.  Corteva was a founding member of the Alliance which is a collaborative of Industry, Academia and Governmental members working to encourage and support the appropriate adoption of Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue.  Dr. Ingram startedContinue reading “The Alliance for Grassland Renewal Welcomes Dr. Sam Ingram from Corteva Agrisciences to the Board”