Perseus is a high yielding festulolium (meadow fescue x Italian ryegrass). It is an tetraploid variety that is endophyte free. Perseus maintains dominating yield production for the next 2-3 harvest years. It has a stronger root system which increases summer performance and more drought tolerate. It will establish in 7-10 days, with a leafy upright growth pattern. Do to late ear emergence and digestibility it makes a great forage quality grass for silage or pasture.
Fertilizer requirements for fesulolium are intermediate between requirements for ryegrass and tall fescue.
Festulolium seed is identical in size and weight to tall fescue seeds, and the two mix well without separating. When used as a nurse crop with alfalfa and tall fescue, the seeding rate is 2-3 lbs./acre. For pastures in the upper Midwest, we use 5 lbs./acre.
The seeding rate for a pure festulolium stand is the same as for tall fescue; but planting a pure festulolium stand is not common practice as the stand life is only 3 years. However, when combined with festulolium’s fast establishment, this characteristic makes it an excellent nurse crop for alfalfa and tall fescue.
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