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3 > Image 3 of Kentucky farm and home science, vol. 6 No. 1 winter 1960

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

" -s"`!Y { . J .;?r".f #5 ~~ ,.-. ~ **;" ~. . : - z . .= ~. a <<-. =- ~,,;. -\,,*v?-ws?. . ;., ,.t. gev wi! " *l`f;a-s;?*~ .;,-- ..,`.-, .;+~*f'il? 2!*~~>"?,{$i? rilgiegs-y$}4?>. }Z.. *~2*~w -V .;irt V=~ = Y N "'1W5?;...a;".$5 A " .e yl ?i2s...:;.zi . Tall fescue grown in pure fgqgg-- ,;;~;%?`?*&~i;;?:i<',_Q.",' Q.Q3.:r.fV,, stand makes a relatively poor V,' I " ? Caffe: ;1{i? - . 1-=;.,:. = -.;c,*.? ef V * ~* .z.i ?.*<=, " ; #'r "*~ quality pasture for most live- ;;.;*iii. .. 2;;,xq. - ra N . ,;`, sw >#~ , * . zi` .> -; ;~~. ` stock. The quality may be * greatly improved by having 25 :T"3_;?['Z.? Y - V- . ., J . M ..=.: I 5. =e I e 4 < . A is & . , *;~:z Fi we "r?? " " * l""* . i Th*S1>***= of UK =~sv c ia : ay- * Z #;;>; e*1 ~ >.s>:=`*.:2* ,, plots in Christian County ei . * i&~is"(i1*? - c Z "~ .-r.? .,-if ** .. >'2~/; Yr {KM .a1t> $."*#if *3* (JUHE shows (left) tall bij, Mi jj(~t1. ' p _ _ -4}% fescue in pure stand and *.4* fr , _ _ 5:2. ,. f _3i; , V g " ` -,_Z--.ii.,.,_ " . ._ ZKT .a.{ _ J.-I U ' wi`? " l "v`, V"-s-{,l ,053- I (right) tall feseue with Ladmo g r jj "{<_;;* -3;*,*,,-. - ,6;&,;;.;>=; * . \,{- q.." . *24= 1 V *.f i I 5},, , Vi), Q, vugil *y,_Lt%_ 7/ 4 fn ` .4,- I { nn'; V . ,i - , ually disappeared. The plot yn;. .,3~,-~_ i, y d,.b_,__ jc on the right was renovated in i ` L5- r1"V AV- Q; W T _ 1955 by [ertrlizmg with lime, --y_ ..2,;,, },.;;,,;;;1{7;-,3,qy ,_ \ . ;~ {L T.,-,g\_ phosphorous and potassium. w?i~d`{.:_ *Q\j - , "'Q,. . `* J, The Ladino is of volunteer 4 'i . . ~-M, 3***-?j;{ Tr v. :=x.a+*. s *g'.="; 'risq . Y .5 . origin. _g., . ..g,.,%,V ?\_ ~ Ji i:. vga-:~e~, ,. ~,~ -,-X -. - . . - \ j*!;1-"i,;,"1*5 iff; . "Wf ?{. ' .V"*il "*,.* 1 L V1" 3,.{--'.f`*Q"V)4 .=! ,3 `_ 2:~" . 4 ' " S `PhTTi"`""f H` TM `" ) iw if if ar V', he L . 4 pl pktjai I; ,.1.: ":>,%;. .-;".;_. TJ ,xy_{;v\_Z_\ I ;;.',;~ Sir, A l,--`;_v`i:.`.t:,-T- _ ) V; A mi ;. +V - r}P. V ~ Tall Fescue - A Progress Report * . If mixed with legumes and properly managed, Kentucky 31 fescue has possibilities ` for livestock and dairy use - " needed, and to indicate how tall fescue may be used yy BYWILLIAM A. SEAYI in a pasture and forage program to obtain more r \flC(-1)li'(LX)I 1 E Sl1t1S1:3.CtO1`y 1`SllltS. .' Ktkj "t:l '#tStitE: . . . . "*" U] uc ` mm ml Xpmmm ` (H This deep-rooted perennial grass is widely adapted Since Kentucky 31 fescue was introduced in 1939, to the climate and soil conditions of this region. It is _ it has become an important pasture and soil-conserving used in many parts of the upper South and lower `\- grass in Kentucky. There is much interest and dis- Midwest as a pasture and forage crop. It grows well v v cussion about the merits and shortcomings of feseue, in wet soil and, yet, is quite drought resistant. lt and staff members of the Kentucky Agricultural Ex- persists well on both good and poor soils. Fescue `** periment Station and the Cooperative Extension Serv- produces a sod dense enough to hold up livestock on up ice are asked many questions about it. muddy wet land even after a thaw and can be grazed Kentucky 31 fescue is widely distributed in Ken- in winter. It grows well in eastern and western Ken- "" tucky and used by thousands of farmers. One should tucky, as well as in the central Bluegrass area. lt . i recognize that this frass will continue to be used is a well ada ated cool-season rass for most of Ken- V a _ _ and, if used properly, can serve very useful purposes. tucky. r \Vhile it does have limitations it has many good The ability of Kentucky 31 fescue to persist in 9 qualities. spite of diseases, mismanagement, and competition This report is designed to summarize our knowledge from other species often leads to unwise use of the '* about Kentuck 31 fescue, to uoint out results of Jlant. Man farmers acce nt it as a frazinf ilant with- 1 & 1 .4, research completed and give information from re- out using proper fertilization and management prac- search now underway, to point out some research tices. On established fescue-legume pasture mixtures, use of nitrogen will accelerate the crowding out of the _ e I lllCSCt1l`(.`ll ll1(1 Ol)SCl'\'i11l()llS I`C]_)OI`tC(1 lltI'L \\CI`( C()llll'll)lllC(l lGgu]T]S_ () the other hand, USC Of ]]itl()g(n 0]] pure ` by several workers in the lxentneky Agricultural Experiment gmudg of fegclw mllv inclvlw hQl_b_l ye (md',-()_ Q Ul _, Station, the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and to a ` ` ` ` ~ 5* I `((( *+ . . . . I lesser extent, neighboring states, and are only summarized by P10K 1101101]- V the author. (Continue:] on Page 4) _ Ksxrucxr FARBI Axn I-loan; SClENCE\VlN'I`EH 1960 3 I rr