Common Oats OGAvena sativa Annual grass. A solid all-purpose VNS (Variety Not Stated) oat. Oats tolerate acidic soils better than any other grain crop; a common rotation crop on potato farms. Certified organic.
As cover crop, seed at 100–200#/acre. For grain, seed early at 120–150#/acre, 3–4#/1000 sq ft.
As cover crop: Probably the most bang for your buck you can get in the world of cover crops. Plant heavily in August or September (planting rates should increase with later seeding dates) for a frost-tolerant cover crop that holds nutrients, builds organic matter and helps control weeds—but that also winterkills, leaving less of a management headache in the spring than winter rye.
As feed grain: Consistently high-yielding, produced more than 100 bushels/acre with 13.3% protein in North Dakota trials. Excellent feed for cows and horses; too high in fiber for hogs.
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