SF FINESSE Q perform in environments where ryegrass would typically struggle
SF FINESSE Q tall fescue can be used in most environments; however its benefits often shine when used appropriately in areas where ryegrass may be struggling. Ryegrass grows optimally around 20°c and it stops producing effectively after 24 – 25°C. Whereas tall fescue continues to produce well into the 30°c range with its optimum growing temperature well above that of ryegrass. This combined with its superior root structure allows it to perform in environments where ryegrass would typically struggle. Another key benefit of its dense roots is the plants ability to tolerate many insects that can hamper ryegrass production and survival”.
“The breeding of tall fescue has moved on in recent years with major benefits over tall fescues of old, with one such benefit being increased palatability. Seed Force’s tall fescue option; SF Finesse Q is one that really stands out. Noted for its soft leaves and high tiller density, SF Finesse Q is an excellent permanent option that is highly palatable and productive. One of SF Finesse Q’s key features is its growth habits and compatibility with legumes. A high proportion of legume available in the sward of permanent pasture helps drive animal production, with the benefit of the legumes fixing nitrogen which will be available to the grass”.
“When deciding to plant SF Finesse Q tall fescue, following a few key planning and management steps will help lead to a high producing pasture. When selecting paddocks for renewal into tall fescue ensure you conduct a soil test to help determine the nutrient status of the paddocks and allow you to correct any deficiencies. Use a cropping phase or a thorough herbicide programme to control any weeds that may inhibit establishment. The seed should be sown into a very good seed bed when soil temperatures are at least 12 – 15°c. Do not sow too deep as this will affect germination, 10mm is adequate. As tall fescue is temperature sensitive at establishment do not sow too late in the autumn, as this can cause a reduction in growth and enable any germinating weeds to out compete the fescue.
“Once established, ensure your SF Finesse Q cannot be easily pulled before commencing the first graze. For the first few grazings, graze lightly and leave good plant residuals (around 7cm). Once established rotational graze like well managed ryegrass pasture. However as tall fescue is highly productive at certain times of year, the frequency of grazings and/or stocking rate should be increased to ensure the maximum production from the pasture is achieved. When compared with traditional older tall fescues, SF Finesse Q can generally be managed more easily due to its softness and density of its tillers. Following these key tips, together with sound advice will help get the best from your SF Finesse Q tall fescue”.