Oats are good quality, spring-planted forages.


Oats are good quality, spring-planted forages. Our varieties are selected for good disease resistance and excellent quality.


Oats work best in a balage or haylage management system but can be used in a strip grazing system. They adapt well to wet soils and can be used as a nurse crop for alfalfa when necessary.


Seeding rates are 2 to 3 bushels per acre at a depth of ½ to ¾ inches deep. When being used as a nurse crop, the rate should be reduced to 30 lbs per acre for grass and 50 lbs per acre for alfalfa.

Forage Oats/Peas

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  • Advantage of yield of forage oats, higher protein levels of peas
  • Harvest in 55-60 days
Jerry Oats


  • Vigorous growth when fall planted
  • Winter kills
  • Good fibrous root system
  • Inexpensive alternative
Forage Plus Oats

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  • High yielding forage
  • High dry matter yield, acceptable forage quality, and relatively low crude protein percentage
  • Late-maturing
  • Excellent crown rust resistance
  • Very aggressive
Laker Oats

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  • Tall, late maturity oat that heads out six days earlier than ForagePlus
  • One of the highest yielding forage oat lines in terms of dry biomass
  • High forage quality
VNS Oats/Peas

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  • Quick, balanced protein-rich spring or fall forage
  • Great nurse crop for spring perennial seedings
  • Recycles nutrients and fixes nitrogen in a cover crop situation
  • Grass-legume soil builder