Fescue hay

Asked April 24, 2018, 3:23 PM EDT

I have some fescue that due to weather is starting get seed heads. Just couldnt get it cut early. Can i just cut those off and then when possible bale the hay? Ive always been told that the seed heads have a toxin in them? This hay will be fed to all types of animals. Thank you

Marshall County Kentucky

2 Responses

Glad to help but am sorry for the delay as I was on vacation. You are talking about the endophyte in tall fescue.

Here is some information on the endophyte:

Also, you may like our fescue growing publication:

I dont see any benefit from cutting the heads off because they will probably end up in the hay when raked anyway.

Hay fields getting away from producers is a common problem this time of year. Don't feel bad.

Thank you so much for getting back to me. No need in calling the 252-6569 number, thats me.What you sent is what ive already read. I was hoping it was internet hype. Ill just let it go cause i dont need any trouble. Thanks..