HALSEY, Ore., Aug. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- DLF is pleased to announce the release of the novel endophyte enhanced forage tall fescue Martin2Protek™.
Martin2Protek™ is a new novel endophyte tall fescue, combining the proven genetics of Martin2 forage tall fescue with the enhancement of the Protek™ endophyte.
Martin2 is an early-medium forage tall fescue selected for the transition zone. Its pedigree includes several USA varieties including Mozark, the original Martin, Cajun, and three KY31 synthetics.
Protek™ is a novel endophyte (Neotyphodium coenophialum) that does not produce detectable levels of harmful ergot alkaloids such as the toxin ergovaline.
Martin2Protek™ shows increased forage productivity compared to the non-inoculated plants of the same variety. In addition, Protek™ endophyte will defend the plants against insects feeding on the tillers and leaves, resulting in reduced plant stress from insect damage. Protek™ endophyte improves tolerance to environmental stresses such as heat and drought. Properly managed, Martin2Protek™ pastures can have the persistency equal to the common KY31 pastures without the negative effects of the KY31 toxicity on livestock.
The Benefits of Martin2Protek™
The value of replacing toxic KY31 pastures with novel endophyte tall fescue is well documented and includes, but is not limited to:
Stocker calves – higher weight gain, smoother hair coat
Cows – higher body scores, increased conception rate, shorter calving interval
Bulls – higher semen quality
Uses of Martin2Protek™
The palatability of Martin2Protek™ is above average for tall fescue. Martin2Protek™ can be used for grazing, balage, dry hay and stockpiling. It is adapted across the entire tall fescue belt.
Martin2Protek™ does not produce detectible levels of the toxin ergovaline. In an Oregon State University conducted animal safety study with grazing ewes (2009 – 2011), the effect of the Protek™ endophyte on performance and health was measured. The study confirmed that Martin2Protek™ offered the same feed value and health benefits as endophyte free tall fescue.
Seed of Martin2Protek™ is now available from 2013 harvest. Contact DLF for availability near you.
DLF – International Seeds is the American subsidiary of the DLF Group. We represent the deep resources of the largest cool season forage grass research program in the world. Through our research stations in Oregon and Kentucky and numerous co-operations with Universities throughout the US, new varieties are developed and selected to meet the demands of the American forage producer.
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