Soil Saver Black Oats

Oats Forage

Soil Saver Black Oats

Black Oat (Avena strigosa) is having a resurgence as a biomass producer for cover crops and as a forage for livestock.  Black oats tiller out more and have a very fibrous root mass similar to cereal rye.

SoilSaver oats have been harder to come by recently due to increased export demand I have been told.  It is a joint release between Auburn University and IAPAR (Institute of Agronomy of Parana) in Brazil.  It does not have enough cold tolerance to over winter for us, so we are looking at it as a spring oat for a large area.  It can be planted in the spring, and also can be planted in late summer or early fall and harvested for forage or let it freeze out then.

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