Oklahoma Water Resources Center

Spring-planted oat for forage

02/12/2013 WoW blog

Spring-planted oat has been a “go to” forage crop for southern Great Plains beef producers for years. It is a good option when winter wheat was not planted in the fall due to wet conditions, or, as is the case this year, when wheat failed to emerge due to drought. Forage production potential for spring-planted oat is around 1,500 to 2,00 lb/ac, but you will need about 60 – 75 lb/ac of nitrogen to make this type of yield. Dr. Daren Redfearn has written a fact sheet detailing spring oat production for hay and it can be found at www.wheat.okstate.edu under “wheat management” then “seeding”. I will provide the Cliff’s Notes version below...

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Link to the PSS-2160 fact sheet "Spring-planted Oat for Grazing or Hay Production" here.

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