Linda Geist

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Forage and beef producers can learn from world-renowned forage experts the how and why of renovating toxic tall fescue pastures at a March 23 workshop in Mount Vernon, Missouri.

“This one-day workshop focuses on managing tall fescue toxicity and integrating novel tall fescue varieties into a grazing system,” says Craig Roberts, state forage specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Toxic tall fescue reduces livestock weight gains and lowers reproductive performance and profits.”

Roberts says local producers, company representatives, extension specialists, government workers and researchers from across the country will speak. They will discuss symptoms and causes of fescue toxicosis, establishment and first-year management, seed and endophyte testing, transitioning from toxic fescue, products and more. Speakers will also give information on incentives and cost sharing.

Speakers and topics:

• Tall Fescue Toxicosis: Symptoms and Causes, Craig Roberts, MU Extension.

• Toxicosis Management, Craig Roberts and Gene Schmitz, MU Extension.

• Understanding Endophytes, Carolyn Young, North Carolina State University.

• Establishment and First-Year Management, John Andrae, Clemson University.

• Seed Quality and Testing, Gene Schmitz, MU Extension.

• Drill Calibration, Matt Massie, MU.

• Plot Tours, Matt Massie, MU.

• Economics, Matt Poore, North Carolina State University.

• Cost Share and Incentive Programs, Jamie Kurtz, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

• Novel Endophytes on My Farm, various producers.

The Alliance for Grassland Renewal and its partners sponsor the workshop, which will be at the MU Southwest Research Center, Mount Vernon. Register at