Hay and Forage Grower....earlier this month we read a article on Meadow Fescue by PFG....this one from H&FG has some interesting history on Meadow Fescue and might answer a few question that some of our members asked about how far South it can be grown. This latter species was considered a variety of Meadow Fescue (Festuca pratensis) in the past, rather than a distinct species. Characteristics of Preval Meadow Fescue. There are several laboratories that specialize in hay analysis. are choosing tall fescue, meadow fescue, or orchardgrass varieties The grass variety of the selected species needs to be high-yielding, late-maturing, winter-hardy, and rust-resistant While grasses provide the base for most pastures, interseeded legumes increase the forage quality of pastures, reduce nitrogen As we discussed last month, if there is a super grass, it is fescue. Other pasture forbs are also sometimes a … in length. Meadow fescue is an excellent choice for managed intensive grazing situations and is an equally good choice for hay production where “winter kill” is an issue. Meadow Fescue can handle wet soils better than many other common forage grasses and is best used in a higher moisture environment rather than one prone to drought. Meadow Fescue. Tall Fescue has 4-5 lemmas per spikelet and its lemmas are 7-10 mm. The sheath is split with the margins overlapping at the bottom. When you test your hay you get not only the NSC value but other nutrient levels as well. The best way to determine the NSC value in a bale of hay is to get it tested. MATERIALS AND METHODS Th e experiment was conducted in 2005 and 2006 at the University of Wisconsin Lancaster Agricultural Research The blade is 3-8 mm wide and 10-50 cm long, the upper side is dull and the lower … Composition. Meadow Fescue . Stressed cool season grasses, such as fescue, orchard grass, and Timothy, tend to be higher in NSC; Hay analysis. The PREVAL MEADOW FESCUE in this blend is an improved variety that has excellent palatability and digestibility.Preval is high yielding with good regrowth. In South Central PA the seed industry has been able to introduce adapted varieties of many forage grasses. It yields slightly less than orchardgrass or tall fescue, but has better fiber digestibility. It has excellent fiber digestibility and palatability to livestock. Meadow fescue is a cool season, semi-bunch type grass. Exceptionally drought tolerant, it grows under a wider temperature range than just about any other grass. Cattle Master Hay / Pasture This excellent blend of grass is easy to dry and ideal to mix with Clover and Alfalfa. Forage selection and research has provided forage producers and feeders with many outstanding alternatives. Commonly used plants for hay include mixtures of grasses such as ryegrass (Lolium species), timothy, brome, fescue, Bermuda grass, orchard grass, and other species, depending on region.Hay may also include legumes, such as alfalfa (lucerne) and clovers (red, white and subterranean).Legumes in hay are ideally cut pre-bloom. Usually a bunchgrass, it has short rhizomes and may be weakly creeping. It is widely adapted for use in pastures or dry hay production. A deep-rooted, bright-green grass. Meadow fescue is a cool-season grass with excellent winter hardiness. Preval meadow fescue combines good forage yield with improved resistance to diseases. persistence of diverse meadow fescue cultivars with those of tall fescue and orchardgrass under defoliation regimes represent-ing lax and severe hay production and rotational grazing in contrasting environments. If that weren't enough, it is also exceedingly productive under that broad temperature range. 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