Lofa is a Festulolium resulting from crossing Italian ryegrass and tall fescue. The resulting plants look very much like a ryegrass, which is unique for a tall fescue cross festulolium. Lofa is very palatable, and it is among the highest digestibility forages that we have ever tested. The very high sugar content of Lofa contributes to the palatability and high intakes that we’ve observed. Lofa can be used anywhere that perennial ryegrass is currently being used. For best results, Lofa should be utilized for silage or grazing as a pure stand or in mixtures with other grasses such as perennial ryegrass, meadow fescue, timothy, red clover and alfalfa. Lofa adds high forage quality and yields in such mixtures.
- Our choice for fall seeding
- Lofa & Perun can be counted on for about three years
- Very fast establishing
- Tall fescue/ryegrass cross
- Very high sugar
Lofa is a cross between ryegrass and either be a meadow or tall fescue. The variety differences can range from short-lived to perennial. They also range in their agronomic traits from ryegrass-like to tall fescue-like. Another caution with festulolium varieties is aftermath heading of summer headiness.
Seed size is identical in size and weight with tall fescue, and they mix well together without separating. Seeding rate as a nurse crop with tall fescue and alfalfa is between 2 to 3 lbs per acre. For pastures in the upper Midwest, we use 5 pounds per acre. For a pure stand, the seeding rate is the same as tall fescue. This is not commonly done as stand life is approximately three years with the fist year being the most productive and declining from there on. However, this characteristic with its fast establishment makes it an excellent nurse crop for alfalfa and tall fescue.
Lofa fertilizer requirement is intermediate between ryegrass and tall fescue.
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