SAVORY tall fescue is a soft-leaf tall fescue variety with excellent quality forage, high yields and very good persistence. Compared to other forage tall fescues, Savory has demonstrated superior palatability and is endophytefree. Savory produces narrow leaves which make thicker stands that are highly tolerant to grazing. Broad adaptability and resistance to major diseases makes Savory an excellent forage choice.
SAVORY is well suited to situations where high forage dry matter production and persistence are the main objectives. Savory grows well in a range of soil conditions. It can be used for hay production or grazing in both the northern and southern parts of the United States.
- Excellent palatability
- Good winterhardiness
- Drought tolerant
- Good re-growth
Tall fescue can grow in wet conditions well but is also very drought tolerant. On dairy farms tall fescue is a fabulous addition to the hay portfolio and on beef operations in the Midwest it remains the foundation of pasture systems. In the past number of years, tall fescue has made many appearances at the World Dairy Expo Forage Super Bowl! While tall fescue has long been thought of as a Southern grass, more recently it has shown it can thrive in Wisconsin and Minnesota! Our suppliers are heavily invested in tall fescue breeding programs and bring us a wide selection of varieties for the various situations we face throughout the Midwest. Note: All varieties are endophyte free (except BarOptima).
Tall fescue is fairly easy to establish, but remember, a good seed bed is at the heart of excellent stands of hay or pasture. It can be no-tilled into existing alfalfa stands (.25 to .50 inches deep) immediately after harvest. (Talk to your dealer about the proper timing for your area.) When seeding in a prepared seed bed, make sure sufficient packing has been done before and after seed is put down. Also, 20 to 30 units of N at seeding is necessary for a faster establishment.
Tall fescue can be planted with alfalfa, with grass hay mixes, or simply in mono-culture for hay or pasture systems. Remember that tall fescue, like most cool season grasses, stores 90% of food for regrowth after harvest in the bottom 2 to 2.5 inches of the stem. This means that for maximum growth and production at least 3 to 4 inches of stubble should remain after harvest. Also, for top yield, we recommend 1 to 1.5 lbs of available N for each day of growth. Tall fescue can tolerate less than ideal fertility but, like most crops, it gives best yield and quality in balanced soils. Tall fescue is the best grass for stockpile grazing.
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