Orchard grass and Endophyte ?

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Orchard grass and Endophyte ?

Post by chaded » Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:43 am

I always hear about endophyte and fescue but can orchard grass get it? I found a seed head today that has the exact mouse poop stuff that our fescue has.



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Re: Orchard grass and Endophyte ?

Post by Ebenezer » Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:53 am

Nope. Seedhead issue is not an endophyte related symptom. Ergot, maybe. But the seedhead will appear normal with the endophyte. A good book, "The Wonder Grass". Other grass specie know to carry an endophyte issue: perennial ryegrass. All repeated there.

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Re: Orchard grass and Endophyte ?

Post by Lbass » Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:25 pm

Ergot, Starts out looking orange, matures into a black mass resembling mouse poop. I've got it bad enough this year I can find it on fescue, orchard, annual ryegrass, and even a little of the johnson grass headed early enough to pick it up. They tell me it has the same effects on cattle as the endophyte but the 2 aren't related. Jill Schiedt published a short paper on it, see if I can round it up.

http://agebb.missouri.edu/news/swnews/s ... y_num=8330

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Re: Orchard grass and Endophyte ?

Post by chaded » Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:37 pm

Good to know. I don’t recall seeing it on anything but fescue but today I looked over while I was in the utv and saw an orchard grass seedhead with with it. I was just more curious then anything, my cows have to eat and perform on what we have (primary fescue) anyways.

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