Quantica

continental tall fescue

  • Soft fine leaves providing increased palatability
  • Trialled and tested in Australian conditions
  • Insect protection from MaxP® endophyte
  • Improved cool season growth
  • Excellent dryland production and autumn drought recovery
  • High disease resistance (crown rust)
  • Low aftermath heading
  • Sowing Rate 8-25 kg/ha
  • Heading Date Early
  • Days to Grazing From 70 To 110
  • Growing Seasons Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter
  • Grazing Seasons Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Grazing Method Rotational Grazed – Long Term
  • Number Of Grazings +5
  • Rainfall Minimum 600mm per annum
  • Pasture Life 5 years+
  • Soil Fertility Medium (Olsen P 15-20)

Soft, fine leaved continental tall fescue with strong insect protection

Quantica is a soft, finely leaved continental tall fescue selected for improved animal palatability and rust resistance. Quantica is a deep rooted, robust, productive variety offering more persistence than perennial ryegrass and can tolerate waterlogging, salinity, pasture pests (from MaxP® endophyte), heat and some drought conditions.

New, first year release - Limited quantities available.

Quantica continental tall fescue and clover

Sowing and establishment

Sow Ultrastrike® treated pasture seed in spring or early autumn at 8-25 kg/ha with 4-6 kg/ha Superstrike® treated clover. Sow 5-15 mm deep and avoid sowing deeper than 15mm. For best performance, ensure good soil fertility and regular nitrogen applications throughout establishment to encourage tillering.

Once established apply nitrogen regularly throughout the growing season. Tall fescues have a relatively slow seedling growth compared to perennial ryegrass and are unsuitable for ryegrass mixtures.

For pasture seed sowing rates specific to your farming needs, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds Sales Agronomist here 

Grazing management

To maintain maximum quality and palatability, keep tall fescue pastures below 10-15 cm height. Graze for short sharp intervals during establishment and avoid overgrazing. Management is important – avoid tall fescue becoming too rank, as palatability declines markedly.

MaxP endophyte

MaxP is a novel tall fescue endophyte that improves the ability of tall fescue pastures to handle pest attack and moisture stress. Unlike ryegrass endophyte, MaxP endophyte produces a loline compound. This compound along with peramine, is likely to be a key factor in providing protection against Argentine Stem Weevil, Black Beetle, Pasture Mealy Bug, and Root Aphid. Once established, tall fescue is naturally more tolerant to red headed cockchafer than ryegrass. 

UNDERSTANDING ENDOPHYTE

Rainfall

Minimum 600mm rainfall per annum unless irrigated

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