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.
Pasture seed sowing rate (sole): 20-25kg/ha
Pasture seed sowing rate (mixed): 15-25kg/ha
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 DLF Seeds Sales Agronomist here
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 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.
Minimum 700mm rainfall per annum unless irrigated
Our first sown Quantica MaxP is now 18 months old and we are very pleased with the results. Great establishment conditions throughout 2022 and now dryer conditions in the first half of 2023 have put Quantica to the test and at this stage it is delivering on all fronts. It offers both cattle and sheep producers confidence they are getting a superior fescue, that has had solid breeding and trialing prior to release."