Renovating those Toxic Tall Fescue Pastures

Tall fescue is a popular grass used for grazing, hay and erosion control in the eastern United States, but experts believe this grass could be responsible for more than $1 billion per year in livestock production losses. Dr. John Andrae is a Clemson Extension forage specialist…

The fungus grows entirely inside the plant, making it hard to detect, and Andrae says the losses to livestock performance are significant…

Other types of cool season perennials, like orchard grass and Timothy, won’t make it in the southern climate. But an international collaboration may have produced an solution…

To help livestock owners learn management techniques and how to replant their pastures with a new nontoxic novel-endophyte fescue, the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service and other institutions are teaming up with the Alliance for Grassland Renewal to hold one-day schools for producers next month in Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia, and the Carolinas…

For more information on the one-day Tall Fescue Workshops, contact Dr. John Andrae at 864-656-3504, or jandrae@clemson.edu.

photo courtesy Clemson University