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MaxQ™ Jesup Tall Fescue Facts

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Cattle Grazing MaxQ PastureMaxQ™ is a cool season tall fescue perennial pasture grass with friendly endophytes. MaxQ is completely natural and is produced with no chemicals or genetic engineering.

The data is in about the benefits of MaxQ Tall Fescue Grass for pastures. The data concludes that planting MAXQ tall fescue in your pasture will end up paying out in weight gain and other benefits more than it costs to establish! Examine MaxQ data at the previous link.

MaxQ™ originates from an exclusive, advanced technology in combining a non-toxic endophyte with a proven forage grass. This is a completely natural process with no chemicals or genetic engineering involved. MaxQ provides tremendous plant persistence that is comparable to KY 31 fescue but with animal performance gains and palatability comparable to endophyte free varieties.

See our Tall Fescue Grass Resources section below for detailed information about endophytes, fescue toxicity, friendly endophytes, and MaxQ tall fescue grass for pastures.

MaxQ Tall Fescue Grass Pastures & Hay

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MaxQ™ enhanced tall fescue provides excellent permanent pastures for cattle, sheep and horses. When combined with Durana or Patriot Clover, you have a complete pasture that even grass fed finished beef operations will find desirable.

When cut in early boot stage, MaxQ also produces a very high quality hay and provides high quality, abundant forage for a long period of time each year. Highest productivity is September-December & March-June.

MaxQ™ Has Cattle & Horse Friendly Endophytes

Endophytes (a type of fungus) are important to a tall fescue plant. The fungus aids the plant in being more tolerant to heat and drought stress, plus adds tolerance to some insects and diseases. However, the natural fungi in grass plants produce toxins that are harmful to livestock. MaxQ endophytes provide all the beneficial effects for the plant without producing harmful toxins for horses, cattle or sheep.

Adaptation Of MaxQ™ Tall Fescue For Pastures

Adaptation Map For Growing MaxQ Tall Fescue-USAMaxQ grows very well wherever Kentucky 31 is grown. It is best adapted to clay or clay loam soils. It is tolerant to soil acidity and poor drainage, but performs best on soils with good water holding capacity and a pH of 6.0-6.5. Relatively tolerant to drought but not suited to droughty, sandy soils.

Management of MaxQ™ Tall Fescue

MaxQ™ enhanced tall fescue provides excellent permanent pastures for cattle, sheep and horses. When cut in early boot stage, it also produces a very high quality hay and provides high quality, abundant forage for a long period of time each year. The highest productivity is September-December and March-June. The best practice is to rest fescue pastures during the summer months.

With good management practices tall fescue can produce crude protein levels of 15-16%; TDN in the 60-62% range. MaxQ has been shown to out perform standard tall fescue in these areas see our resources section for articles containing this data. However, environmental conditions and management practices will determine individual results. To increase productivity gains - Add Patriot Clover to your MaxQ Pasture. To read more on the benefits and establishment of Patriot Clover in fescue pastures see this word document.

MaxQ & Patriot Clover In Grass Fed Beef Operations

Many grass fed finished beef proponents are touting the combination of a novel endophyte, non-toxic fescue like Jesup MaxQ and a persistent and dependable legume such as Durana or Patriot white clover as a premier forage system for grass finishing beef cattle.

A pasture mix of Jesup MaxQ tall fescue and Durana/Patriot white clover can annually provide eight months or more of premium quality forage needed for grass finishing beef operations. The addition of a perennial clover also reduces the amount of purchased nitrogen needed to promote forage growth, thus resulting in less cost and a more natural and sustainable production system. For more see article Non-toxic Fescue & Perennial Clover Fit Grassfed Niche.

Planting & Managing MAXQ™ TALL FESCUE

  • For best results, all toxic fescue should be killed before trying to establish a stand of fescue with MaxQ®.
  • Plant on a smooth, firm seedbed. Can be drilled into prepared firm seedbed, no-till drilled into sod or broadcast and packed in.
  • Place seed at a depth of 1/4” to 1/2”.
  • Seeding Rate: 20 lbs./acre in prepared seedbed and 25 lbs./acre sod-seeded in stubble.
  • Planting Dates: Southeastern states: Sept. 1 to Nov. 1; Mid-South, Midwest and Northeastern states: Aug. 15 to Oct. 1 or spring planted in
    March and April
  • Managing After Planting: Do not graze or cut seedling stand until it reaches 6” - 8” in height. Use light rotational grazing in the first year and never graze or cut closer than 2”. During periods of heat and drought stress, rotate cattle, horses or other grazing animals more frequently.

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Information About Tall Fescue Grass In Pastures

We have compiled the following links to publications about endophytes, fescue toxicity, using tall fescue grass in pastures, and MaxQ Tall Fescue. Please note that these publications require adobe acrobat as they are in PDF format and they will open in a new window.

  1. Tall Fescue Endophyte Concepts - A discussion of the discovery of fescue toxicity and the solutions that have been developed.
  2. TX-Fescue-Horses - From Texas A & M University this article discusses fescue toxicity and horses.
  3. MaxQ™ Solves Foaling Complications - MAFES research project to study the effects of toxic, endophyte-infected fescue; nontoxic, endophyte-infected fescue; and endophyte-free fescue on pregnancies in horses.
  4. Reducing The Effects of Fescue Toxicosis In Cattle - Strategies to reduce or eliminate fescue toxicity in cattle.
  5. MaxQ Jesup Tall Fescue - Article with real time data gathered about MaxQ Tall Fescue from researchers, dairy & cattle farmers, and horse ranchers about the benefits of MaxQ.
  6. Benefits of MaxQ™ Tall Fescue Pasture Grass - An informational page on our website Fescue.com with more information about MaxQ™
  7. Is MaxQ Economical As a Pasture Grass - Article with the facts on the economical benefits of replacing tall fescue cattle pastures with MaxQ tall fescue.
  8. MaxQ Fits Grass Fed Beef Needs -  An astounding article on using MaxQ & Patriot Clover for grass fed beef operations.
  9. MaxQ Myths & Facts - Myths and Facts about MaxQ Tall Fescue Grass.
  10. Understanding Tall Fescue Varieties - Explains how fescue toxicity occurs and shows the benefits of using endophyte free or endophyte friendly fescue pasture grass.
  11. Jesup-MaxQ™ - A step by step guide for replacing Toxic Fescue Pastures with Endophyte Friendly MaxQ Tall Fescue.
  12. New Method To Convert Toxic Pastures to MaxQ™ - A research study examining alternative methods of replacing toxic tall fescue.
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