Martin 2 Protek is an early-medium forage tall fescue selected for the transition zone. Despite its southern breeding, it is adapted to the entire US tall fescue market. Protek is a novel endophyte (Neotyphodium coenophiallum) that does not produce detectable levels of harmful ergot alkaloids.
- Tall Fescue variety developed in Missouri ensures good performance in the south
- High forage yield
- Great grazing palatability
- Protek endophyte does not harm livestock but does give the plant increased performance
- Uses are Grazing, Hay & Stockpile
Tall fescue has a strong agronomic constitution that allows season-long productivity that is unmatched by other cool-season grasses. Tall fescue can grow in wet conditions well but is also very drought tolerant. Tall fescue remains the foundation of pasture systems for beef operations in the Midwest. While tall fescue has long been thought of as a Southern grass, endophyte free tall fescues are thriving in Wisconsin and Minnesota. For our southern farmers, Novel endophytes tall fescue are the way to go.
Tall fescue can be planted with alfalfa, with grass hay mixes, or simply a 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. Another way to look at nitrogen is that it will take a total 25 lbs N for each ton of dry matter harvested. Sulfur is also very necessary for proper conversion of the N to crude protein. Tall fescue can tolerate less that ideal fertility but, like most crops, it gives best yield and quality in balanced soils. Tall fescue is the best grass for stockpile grazing.
Tall fescue is 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 (0.25 to 0.50 inch deep) immediately after harvest. When seeding in a prepared seed bed make sure sufficient packing has been done before seed is necessary for a faster establishment. Will germinate in 10-14 days. Seeding rate in mono-culture is 25-30 lb/A in mixes 6-12 lbs/A.
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