|JESUP TALL FESCUE was
released in 1995 by the Georgia Agricultural Experiment
Station as a replacement for Kentucky 31. It is available
commercially as either endophyte-free (EF) or with MaxQ.
Besides Georgia-5, Jesup is the only tall fescue type
available with MaxQ, the new anti-toxicosis endophyte
developed by AgResearch (New Zealand) and sold by
Pennington Seeds. MaxQ promotes plant growth without
leading to toxicosity and reproduction problems in
grazing animals. Jesup (EF) is ideal for pastures and hay
throughout the entire US fescue growing region.
||In trials at
Tifton and Eatonton GA, Jesup (EF) showed a superior
ability to maintain healthy stands after harsh summer
conditions. And steer gains were the highest ever
recorded for a tall fescue in Georgia (3-year average of
2.2 pounds per day). Jesup with MaxQ is adapted to and
intended for use throughout the fescue growing region of
the USA. Moreover, it can be used as a turfgrass in all
areas of fescue adaptation. It is recommended as a forage
only for winter grazing in the southern coastal plains.
In a two year test conducted in Athens GA, Jesup with
MaxQ had a higher dry matter yield than either toxic tall
fescue or fungus-free tall fescue.
||Jesup Tall Fescue
was developed by Dr. Joe Bouton at the University of
Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station in Athens GA.
AgResearch (New Zealand) holds the patent on the MaxQ
endophyte. Jesup Tall Fescue is a protected variety that
can only be sold as a class of certified seed and only by
individuals licensed by the Georgia Seed Development
Commission (GSDC) under guidelines established in
conjunction with the University of Georgia Research