Lacefield MaxQII

Lacefield MaxQII is the first novel endophyte tall fescue to be released by the University of Kentucky. Named after prominent UK forage researcher Dr. Garry Lacefield, Lacefield MaxQII utilizes the best novel endophyte technology offered by AgResearch USA. The AR584 non-toxic endophyte licensed by Pennington Seed and named MaxQII provides excellent agronomic benefits to Lacefield MaxQII without producing any toxic compounds that are harmful to livestock. Lacefield MaxQII was bred for high performance boasting excellent seedling vigor, high forage yields, improved persistence under grazing, and high weight gains in stocker cattle. Lacefield MaxQII is also a later maturing variety that produces more forage and supports higher stocking rates in late spring and early summer than the original Jesup MaxQ in Kentucky. Lacefield MaxQII is an excellent choice for livestock producers planting a novel endophyte tall fescue in Kentucky and surrounding states. 

Lacefield MaxQII Tech Sheet 2019
MaxQ Advantage Piece Single Page 2019
MaxQ FAQ's 


For best results and benefits, all toxic tall fescue should be killed before establishing Lacefield MaxQII. (Consult the MaxQ Planting Guides (Spring or Fall Planting) under the Agriculture Resources tab on the Pennington forage website for details.) A firm seedbed is important for good stand establishment. Seed can be drilled into a prepared, firm seedbed, no-tilled into killed sod with a no-till drill or surface broadcasted onto a prepared seed bed and packed in with a culti-packer.

Rate: 15- 20 lbs/acre in a prepared seedbed or 20-25 lbs/acre sod-seeded in stubble.

Depth: 1/4" to 1/2". Planting too deep can result in poor stand emergence.

Dates: Southern and Southeastern states: Sept.1 to Nov.1; Mid-South, Midwest and Northeastern states: Aug. 15 to Oct. 1 or spring planted in March and April.

Lime to a pH of 6.0-6.5. Apply phosphorus and potassium according to soil tests. Use 25-35 lbs./A starter nitrogen.

Do not graze or cut seedling stand until it reaches 6"-8" tall. During the year after establishment, rest fescue pastures during the summer months. If weather conditions are favorable for growth, forage may be used for light rotational grazing for short periods or harvested for hay. Leave 3 - 4” of forage growth after grazing or haying. To prevent hoof pugging damage, do not graze when soil is excessively wet and soft.

General Management:
For maximum productivity and stand life in grazed pastures, use a rotational grazing system. Apply N, P & K fertilizer annually as recommended by a soil test. Apply nitrogen in early fall and in late winter. Keep forage fresh and leafy by grazing or periodic clipping. Rotate cattle between pastures more often during periods of heat and drought stress. Forage may be stockpiled during periods of rapid growth in early fall and utilized for winter grazing. To prevent contamination, do not feed toxic fescue hay in MaxQ pastures.