Quantica is a soft, finely leaved continental tall fescue selected for improved animal palatability and rust resistance. Like Quantum II, Quantica is a deep rooted, robust, productive variety offering more persistence than perennial ryegrass and can tolerate waterlogging, salinity, grass grub, heat and drought. In Australian trials Quantica was noted for superior autumn recovery following severe droughts.
Tall fescues have relatively slow seedling growth compared with perennial ryegrass so must not be sown in ryegrass mixtures. Sow in spring or early autumn at 22-32 kg/ha (Superstrike® treated seed) with 4-6 kg/ha Superstrike treated white clover and with Grasslands Puna II chicory. Sow within the range of 5-15 mm, certainly not deeper. Tall fescues perform best under good fertility and regular use of nitrogen.
Take care not to overgraze during establishment - short, sharp grazings are best. Do not allow tall fescue to become rank, as palatability declines markedly. To maintain maximum quality and palatability, tall fescue pastures should be maintained below a height of 10-15 cm. 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. Tall fescue itself is tolerant to Grass Grub when established.