Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue

Martin II Protek

Cows grazing on Martin 2

It’s the novel endophyte we’ve been waiting for — a novel endophyte fescue with tough, rugged forage-based genetics. Martin II Protek delivers the toughness that our southern climate demands. With a  track record that continues to build, it continues to impress producers who have previously tried novel endophytes and been disappointed. Try it again! For first-time novel endophyte fescue users who need something tough, here it is.

  • Tough, rugged plants
  • Upright growth
  • Great for stockpiling
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How does Martin II Protek stack up?

University research data below.

2020 SPAREC Tall Fescue Variety Trial (DM lbs/A)

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
VarietyEndophyte StatusHarvest 1Harvest 2Harvest 3Season total
Martin II ProtekNovel2294181526806789
Texoma MaxQ IINovel2231196624206617
Lacefield MaxQ IINovel2314180823816503
BarOptima E34Novel1929209022936311
Tower ProtekNovel2086200520146105
Estancia ArkshieldNovel2218121724035838
Jesup MaxQNovel1924143921805544

Dry matter yields are reflected in lbs/A.

2017 SPAREC Tall Fescue Variety Trials (DM lbs/A)

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
VarietyEndophyte StatusHarvest 1Harvest 2Harvest 3Season Total
Martin II ProtekNovel2708172616696103
Drover EFFree2435183514755745
Texoma MaxQ IINovel2709147814655652
Jesup MaxQNovel2364157317145651
Lacefield MaxQ IINovel2273169616575626
Tower ProtekNovel2032182015025354
Estancia ArkShieldNovel2200166514755340
BarOptima E34Novel1725149913004524

Dry matter yields are reflected in lbs/A.

Planting Instructions

Plant late summer/early fall with moisture. No-till drill is preferred for proper seed placement.

Seeding Rate - Drilled25-35 lbs/ac
Seeding Rate - Broadcasted30-40 lbs/ac
Planting Depth0.25"
Target HarvestPre-head stage for high quality.
Target Residual Height4"


  • I like this Martin 2 so far. The cattle don't keep their hair coat like they used to. Calves are big—we have had a good season. I'm thinking about planting more Martin 2 Protek this fall.

    Charles Croft Calhoun, GA
  • The ground was recently cleared and fairly rough. The Martin 2 Protect has done well. Given the chance, I would plant it again.

    Blake Duck Talmo, GA