COLUMBUS - Endophyte toxic fescue has been a nuisance to livestock producers for many years, especially for producers with spring calving cows. The endophyte in K-31 fescue produces a toxin called ergovaline that is two to three times more concentrated in the seed head of the plant compared to the leaves or stems. If ingestion of ergovaline can be reduced, cattle performance may be increased. Research has been conducted in Cherokee County for the past three years looking at methods to reduce the amount of seed heads produced by the fescue plants. Results from the trials have been promising for producers. On February 6, the results of the fescue trials will be highlighted at the Cherokee County K-State Research and Extension Beef Night.

The meeting will be held at the Cherokee County 4-H building located at 114 W. Country Rd in Columbus. A sponsored meal will be served at 6 p.m. with presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dale Helwig, Cherokee County Ag Agent, will present the results of the fescue study. In addition, Monte Vandeveer, K-State Ag Economist Extension Specialist, will inform producers how they may protect their pasture and forage supplies.

PRF insurance is a new buzz word around the beef industry. It is insurance a producer may purchase that protects against rainfall shortages. How it works and why or why not it may be useful to producers will be discussed during the meeting. For any questions please contact the Cherokee County Extension Office at (620) 429-3849 or email

Kansas State University is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special requirements due to a physical, vision, or hearing disability, contact Dale Helwig, Cherokee County Extension, 124 W. Country Rd, Columbus, KS 66725, phone 620-429-3849 or email