Hummer

Tall Fescue

Hummer Tall Fescue

Enterprise Type

Sowing Rate

20-25 kg/ha

700mm+

Hummer is a summer active tall fescue with high yield for all seasons. It can be used for different purposes in farming systems as it tolerates heavy, wet and moderately saline soils compared to perennial ryegrass. It demonstrates strong disease tolerance and high tiller density with a spreading growth habit, designed to match persistence expectations on dairy, beef and sheep farms.

Hummer also has better heat tolerance, productivity and feed quality over summer compared to perennial ryegrass, whilst providing better water use efficiency under irrigation.

Sowing rate:
20-25 kg/ha alone
15-25 kg/ha with clovers

Selected for its fine soft leaves, Hummer tall fescue with MaxP® endophyte brings a new dimension to productivity and persistence for summer active grasses making it ideal for all your dairy, beef and sheep grazing needs.

Key Features:

  • High quality summer active tall fescue
  • Fine, palatable leaf encourages greater utilisation by stock
  • Contains MaxP® endophyte for improved persistence and significant yield advantages
  • High tiller density from the base of the plant, reducing clumping
  • Ideal for hot summer environments with moisture

Hummer is Agricom's new summer active tall fescue. It has shown excellent persistence and maintains its density in the sward. The sod forming characteristics make Hummer easier to manage compared to older tall fescue cultivars.

Hummers was selected for its fine soft leaves, high tiller density, persistence and high yielding characteristic. The leaf softness characteristic is a management advantage especially if the fescue stand grows beyond the optimal grazing height.

Hummer can be used for different purposes in farming systems as it can tolerate heavy, wet and moderately saline soils compared to perennial ryegrass.

Hummer also has better heat tolerance, productivity and feed quality than perennial ryegrass over summer whilst providing better water use effciency under irrigation over summer than ryegrass based pastures.

Hummer is ideal in hot summer environments with moisture such as irrigated dairy pastures as well as sheep and beef operations. It can also be used in a mixed pasture particularly sown with clover increasing overall quality of the pasture.

Best establishment of Hummer is achieved by placing seed into firm and moist soil and covering with 10-15 mm of soil. The use of fertiliser at sowing improves establishment of the tall fescue without effecting the clover establishment. A further application of fertiliser (Nitrogen based) is recommended to be applied within the first 6 months after sowing to promote healthy tillering plants, reducing weed invasion.

Tall fescue can be slower than ryegrass to establish and seedlings can be pulled out if grazed too early. Once established tall fescue pastures should be kept relatively short (2 to 3 leaf stage) to maintain pasture quality. During September to November plants will grow rapidly and will try to develop a thick stem and seed head. Preventing the stem developing through frequent grazing will give you quality pasture over late spring and summer that is very leafy and easy to maintain. Management of quickly growing Hummer over spring can include quicker grazing rotations to mechanical harvesting such as silage or hay removal.

 

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