Oat crop establishment
The benefits of growing oats
- They are widely adapted and can be grown successfully in all agricultural areas of Western Australia.
- Oats have a high production potential and requires relatively low management.
- They have multiple end uses (early season grazing, hay, grain and green manure).
- Oats are more frost tolerant than other cereals.
- Oats are better adapted to areas where other cereal crops struggle, such as acidic or waterlogged soils.
- Oats are not susceptible to the same disease strains as other cereals and are more tolerant to take-all.
Oat crop establishment (pdf)
An overview of how to select paddocks based on history, rotation and soil type (including waterlogging and acidity) once you have decided to grow oats.
Cultural practices for growing oats in Western Australia (pdf)
Once the paddock has been selected considerations need to be made for paddock preparation, plant population and seeding rate, sowing depth, row spacing, cross sowing for hay and counting seedling numbers.
Seed selection and testing for successful oat production (pdf)
This document gives an overview on the importance of seed quality, requirements for purchasing and growing seed, seed treatments and options for seed testing. If the crop gets off to a poor start due to poor quality seed it seldom recovers to produce at its optimum yield and quality.
Sowing dates (pdf)
Information on matching sowing date to variety and planning to minimise frost risk.
- Farmnote 63/2000: Oat Production Package [Expired]
- Farmnote 113: Oat variety guide for Western Australia : 2008
- Farmnote 180: Determining the cutting date (watery ripe stage) for oat hay
- Bulletin 4443: The Wheat Book Principles and Practices
- Cereal Growth Stages - the link to crop management: available to order online at GRDC Bookshop or though the Kondinin Group, 177 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont, WA, 6104 Phone: 1800 677 761
- Producing Quality Oat Hay (RIRDC 2006) (pdf 3.5 MB, 85 pages) available online or to purchase from RIRDC
Phone: (02) 6272 4539.
Page updated: February 2007
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