Meadow Fescue

Festuca pratensis

 

Description

Morphology

Perennial grass, similar to tall fescue, but shorter (40 – 80 cm), of deep green colour with thinner leaves, rolled vernation and smooth auricles. Inflorescence in small panicles. Grains are coated in lemma and without edge for a TKW from 1.5 to 2.5 g. This is a cross-pollinating species, diploide (2n=14).

Geography

Culture

Chemical Composition
In % Water Nitrogen Fat Soluble carbohydrates Fibrous carbohydrates Ashes
Forage: green
Forage: hay
Usage
Techniques
Seedlings Period Spacing Depth Amount sown
In rows – cm – cm – kg/ha

 

In q/ha In green In hay In grain
Yield 0-0 0-0

Agronomic Characteristics

Benefits
  • Resistance to excess water
  • Resistance to cold
  • Good palatability
  • Good digestibility
Limitations
  • Slow growth and rooting
  • Average productivity
  • Sensitivity to drought

 


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