Tall fescue is regarded as the most heat and drought tolerant species of the cool-season perennial grass category. It is successfully grown into the South. However, a fungus, called endophyte, that is naturally found in the plant, provides the plant with persistence in tough conditions. Endophyte is very toxic to cattle, causing very poor weight gains, low conception rates, poor blood circulation, poor hair coats, overheating, and other problems. Endophyte-free varieties have been developed (Fawn is a common tall fescue variety that is endophyte free). These varieties provide good quality forage and improved varieties have an adaptation range similar to orchardgrass, with very good heat and drought tolerance. Improved endophyte-free varieties have the potential for yields that exceed most other perennial cool-season grasses. Endurance is an improved tall fescue product that provides greater yields, higher quality and better persistence. For more information on Endurance tall fescue, click the tech sheet download link.
Forage Type: Perennial, Cool-season, Long-lived, Bunch Grass
Forage Quality: Medium-Excellent
Seeding Rate: 25-35 lbs/acre