Pastoral Summer Active Fescue
Festuca arundinacea - SKU:
A new, soft-leaf, persistent, summer-active fescue bred to withstand the harsh Australian climate.
Excellent response to summer rainfall
Improved palatability over traditional fescues
Ideal for heavy soils
Extremely drought tolerant
- Temperate type
- Perennial tussock-forming grass with deep root system
MaturityPastoral is a summer-active, early flowering variety. Temperate types exhibit spring/summer activity with some slow growth in winter, they do not frost off as easily as cocksfoot and phalaris.
Area of Adaption
- Minimum rainfall of 700mm
- Better heat tolerance than perennial ryegrass
Soil TypePastoral is suited to a wide range of soil types but best adapted to medium-fine textured soils. Will cope and produce in poorly drained conditions and waterlogging.
FertilityGood base rates of phosphorus are necessary for maximum DM production especially during establishment phase. DM production is directly related to nitrogen availability. Consult your Upper Murray Seeds agronomist or fertiliser advisor for nitrogen application rates.
Sowing GuidelinesTall fescue should be sown at approximately 10-20kg/ha on its own or 4-10kg/ha in a perennial blend. Sow into a weed-free seed bed at roughly 1-1.5cm depth. Rolling the seedbed after sowing will aid establishment. Fescues are best sown in autumn, because growth will be slow at soil temperatures below 12 ̊ C.
Avoid sowing fescue with ryegrass, as fescue has poor seedling vigour while ryegrass is very competitive and has the potential to crowd out the fescue seedlings. Fescue is commonly sown with phalaris or cocksfoot.
Disease and Pest ManagementDuring emergence it is essential to monitor regularly for damage from insects such as RLEM and lucerne flea, and spray as required. Inspect during early stand life for populations of black-headed cockchafer and slugs. Contact your Upper Murray Seeds agronomist for spray application rates.
Ph: 7 - 7
Sow Rate: 6 - 6kg/ha
Ph: 7 - 7
Sow Rate: 6 - 6kg/ha
Weed ControlFescue is a slow establishing species so early weed control is crucial to long term viability of the stand. Always use knockdown herbicide to ensure you are sowing into a clean seedbed. Monitor for post-emergent weeds and spray as required. Use options such as spray-grazing for broadleaf weeds once the stand is established.
GrazingPastoral fescue can be lightly grazed when plants resist pulling and the root system is well developed, this is typically in late winter or early spring. Fescue should be rotationally grazed to ensure the plant does not exceed 10-12cm, which will maximise tillering and encourage active leaf growth.
Feed QualityPastoral will provide nutritious and palatable feed throughout spring and summer.
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