Chisholm Fescue

Persistent, Perennial Cool-Season Grazing

Cattle grazing Chisholm Fescue

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 and offers more resilience during drought periods in traditional fescue zones. PVP #:201800411

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 #:201800411 and commercially licensed to Warner Brothers Seed Company located in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Where to Plant

  • Areas with 24″+ annual rainfall
  • Irrigate Chisholm in drier areas
  • Areas with wet winters and dry, hot summers
  • Ground that is moisture retentive, clay, black or loam soils; fertile and pH 5.5 – 7.5
  • Do not plant in low fertility, sandy, droughty soils, or over shallow rocks

When to Plant

Location:Plant Before:
North OklahomaSeptember 15th
South OklahomaSeptember 30th
North TexasOctober 15th
Central TexasOctober 31st
South TexasNovember 15th
Chisholm Fescue
Chisholm Fescue

This field of Chisholm Fescue was one year old. In August 2020 it was mowed and fertilized. It rained 3 inches on September 1, 2020. It averaged an inch a day growth in 22 days.

5 more days of growth

Chisholm Fescue Hay 7-16-2021
Chisholm Fescue Hay 7-16-2021