Oat Cover Crop Plant

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. Spring oats are an ideal choice for first-time cover crop users due to their compatibility and ease of winter kill termination. Winter oats are a better choice as a cover crop since they will provide live roots further into the fall/winter for increasing soil microbial activity, but they may have to be terminated before planting a cash crop in more southern latitudes.

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Key Benefits

  • Great in Winter-Kill Mixes

  • Versatile

  • Mycorrhizal Fungi Host

Herbicides To Avoid

Corn

Soybean

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Nitrogen Produced
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 30 – 60
Broadcast: 33 – 66
Aerial: 36 – 72
Seeding Depth ½” – 1 ½”
Minimum Germination Temperature 38° F
Interseed Late
Seeds/LB 15,000 – 20,000
Seeding rate can be increased for forage production. Consult with your Bio Till representative.

Technical Information

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

LBS/A

Drilled: 30 – 60
Broadcast: 33 – 66
Aerial: 36 – 72
Seeding Depth ½” – 1 ½”
Min. Germ. F° 38° F
Interseed Late
Seeds/LB 15,000 – 20,000
Seeding rate can be increased for forage production. Consult with your Bio Till representative.