Oat

Oat

Oats are typically spring seeded between March and April for grain production or as a nurse crop for establishing forage legumes. Oats can also be sown in the late summer or fall for a cover crop or forage source. Oats are very versatile and compliment almost any other cover crop species.

Spring Oats are an ideal choice for first-time cover crop users due to their compatibility and ease of winter kill termination. Spring Oats are a good host for mycorrhizal fungi, and their exudates reduce heavy metals in soils.

Winter Oats are fall seeded and can survive the winter for grain production, or to control erosion the following spring. They are a better choice as a cover crop since they will provide live roots throughout the winter for increasing soil microbes, but they will need intervention to terminate before planting a cash crop.

Key Benefits

  • High Compatibility

  • Versatility

  • Mycorrhizal Fungi Host

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 10 – 15
Broadcast: 15 – 20
Aerial: 20 – 25
Seeding Depth 0.5″ – 1.0″
Minimum Germination Temperature 65° F
Interseed No
Seeds/LB 86,000

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate

LBS/A

Drilled: 10 – 15
Broadcast: 15 – 20
Aerial: 20 – 25
Seeding Depth 0.5″ – 1.0″
Min. Germ. F° 65° F
Interseed No
Seeds/LB 86,000