Chisholm Fescue- Summer Dormant Endophyte-Free Tall Fescue vs Wheat Pasture

Summer-Dormant Tall Fescue (left) 1 year’s growth vs Wheat (right) in November.  After the first year, Summer-Dormant Tall Fescue can offer earlier grazing than an Annual Cool-Season Forage. 

 Photo Credit NRCS – Texas Technical Note: TX-PM-12-01

CHISHOLM FESCUE is an endophyte-free tall fescue cultivar of Tunisian parentage with excellent persistence recently released by the NOBLE RESEARCH INSTITUTE. It was developed to provide livestock producers with a persistent, perennial cool-season grazing option and is adapted to the hot, dry summer environment typical west of Interstate 35 in Oklahoma and Texas where summer-active types fail to survive.

Chisholm is capable of producing high-quality pasture from autumn through spring suitable for grazing livestock before entering summer-dormancy; this fills the forage gap by reducing the need to feed hay and provides a perennial grazing option to complement or replace winter annual plantings. Chisholm tall fescue can be used in both tilled and no-till forage-based livestock production systems.  Chisholm summer-dormant tall fescue seed is a PVP cultivar and commercially licensed to Warner Brothers Seed Company located in Lawton, Okla.

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