Fescue Research

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Turfgrass Weeds 
Turfgrass weed management recommendations and publications.



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Forage Research 
UT researchers are looking for the best forage for cattle to produce high quality beef. The goal is to grow hay for cattle in the hot, dry months of summer – when fields are usually barren.

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Beef Cattle 
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s number one farm commodity - and herd reproductive health is critical. UT’s Institute of Agriculture is working on research to boost cattle pregnancy rates.

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Hay Auction 
As fall approaches, Tennessee farmers must stock up on hay to feed their cattle through the winter. But sometimes a year of iffy rainfall may force animal owners to look beyond their farms for forage.

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Switchgrass Forage 
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.

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It's been a challenging year for Tennessee agriculture, with hot, dry weather coming at a time when crops needed better growing conditions.


Recent Publications

Using groundcover to Outcompete Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea ) without outcompeting tree seedlings on a legacy mine site.  Aldrovandi, M., and J. A. Franklin.  2018.  Proceedings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, St. Louis, MO, June 3-7, 2018. [Abstract]

Alternatives to conventional nitrogen fertilization on tall fescue and bermudagrass.  Corbin, M. D., and R. N. Oakes.  2018.  American Forage and Grassland Council Conference, Louisville, KY.

Alternatives to conventional nitrogen fertilization on tall fescue and bermudagrass Corbin, M. D., R. N. Oakes, G. E. Bates, D. M. Butler, and S. A. Hawkins.  2018.  Agronomy Journal.

Effects of red clover isoflavones on tall fescue seed fermentation and microbial populations in vitro E. A. Melchior, J. K. Smith, L. Schneider, J. T. Mulliniks, G. E. Bates, Z. D. McFarlane, M. D. Flythe, J. L. Klotz, J. P. Goodman, H. Ji, and P. Myer.  2018.  PLoS One, 13(10): e0201866.

Continuous Grazing of Native Warm-Season Grass in the Fescue-Belt.  Keyser, P. D., and G. E. Bates.  2018.  American Forage and Grasslands Council. [Abstract]

Influences of Red Clover Isoflavones on Mitigating Tall Fescue Toxicosis in Beef Cattle.  Melchior, E. A.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

Fescue toxicosis and its influence on the rumen microbiome: Mitigation of production losses through clover isoflavones Melchior, E. A., and P. Myer.  2018.  Journal of Applied Animal Research, 46(1):1280-1288.

Does genotype play a role in resistance to fescue toxicosis in the ovine?.  Adams, S.K., C. J. Kojima, J. L. Britt, M. F. Miller Jr., B. M. Koch, J. G. Andrae, and S. K. Duckett.  2017.  Journal of Animal Science, J Anim Sci. 95 (suppl. 4):160.

Sustainable alternatives for nitrogen fertilization of tall-fescue and its effects on yield and forage quality.  Corbin, M. D., and R. N. Oakes.  2017.  M.S. Thesis.

Rumen-protected arginine alters blood flow parameters and luteinizing hormone concentration in cyclic beef cows consuming toxic endophyte-infected tall fescue seed Green, M. A., B. Whitlock, J. L. Edwards, E. J. Scholljegerdes, and J. T. Mulliniks.  2017.  Journal of Animal Science.

Changing Pastures in the Fescue-Belt and Tennessee Research on Warm-season Forage.  Keyser, P. D., G. E. Bates, J. Jennings, and R. Smith.  2017.  71st Southern Pasture and Forage Crop Improvement Conference, Knoxville, TN, June 5-7, 2017.

Summertime fescue toxicosis mitigation strategies: Taking the endo-'fight' to fescue country.  Smith, J.  2017.  Cow Country News.