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Topics : Species and Forage Variety Trials : Species Fact Sheets : Tall Fescue

Species: Tall Fescue

Additional tall fescue information via the Forage Information System (FIS)

Tall Fescue Summary

Tall fescue is a deep-rooted sod forming grass which is best adapted to cool season production. It is extremely well suited for use as a stockpile forage because it retains its quality and improves in palatability in the fall. It is well adapted to soils of low pH such as strip mine reclamation. It is more tolerant of animal and machinery traffic, and mismanagement than other cool-season grasses. Low endophyte varieties improve animal acceptance of and performance on tall fescue. Tall fescue can be part of a forage program but should not be the only species in the program.