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Oat Seed

BADGER - Developed by Wisconsin, Badger is an very early maturing yellow oat with great yield potential for an early variety.  Heavy test weight.  Its short height, good lodging resistance and early maturity makes Badger an excellent nurse crop for alfalfa establishment.  Resistant to smut, tolerant to BYDV and susceptible to crown rust.      

ESKER - Esker is a medium-early maturing yellow oat from Wisconsin.  It is high yielding, has excellent test weight, and short-medium height with good lodging resistance.  Resistant to smut, BYDV tolerant, and moderate rust susceptibility.                                                              

JURY - NDSU 2012 release. Jury is a full season, tall oat with outstanding yield potential. Good test weight and milling quality.  Stem rust resistant, medium crown rust susceptibility, good BYDV tolerance.  White seed.  
DEON - A 2014 oat released by U of MN. Deon is a full season oat that has consistently topped yield trials in U of MN testing. Medium-tall height oat with good lodging resistance. Crown rust tolerance has remained effective, and it has good BYDV resistance. Yellow kernel. This oat would be your best bet for high grain yield.                              
BEACH - An older North Dakota release, Beach is a full-season, tall variety with good straw strength and good yield potential.  Good test weight, white seed color, moderately susceptible to crown rust.  An oat that would give you good grain yield or high tonnage chopped.                                                       
 GOLIATH - Extremely late oat from South Dakota.  An excellent forage oat as it is a tall and robust plant with good straw strength.  Good grain yield potential and test weight, but may lodge with excessive fertility.  Susceptible to crown rust, resistant to stem rust, and BYDV.  White seed, med-high protein, and high groat percent.                

HAY & SILAGE OATS - A blend of oat varieties suitable for forage cutting or chopping.  Economically priced for use as an alfalfa nurse crop, spring or fall forage crop, or as a cover crop.  May contain a small percent of wheat or barley.  Varieties are not stated.

NOTE ABOUT CROWN RUST: Crown rust disease is a severe threat to oat production.  In years with humid, wet conditions that favor the disease, such as in 2014, an epidemic can quickly explode resulting in low grain yield and light test weight or poor forage quality.  Plant resistance offers some protection, but we believe that to economically produce quality oat grain, monitoring disease progression is essential and that fungicide treatment is necessary to protect crop yield and quality.  Growers should be prepared to spray a triazole fungicide (Tilt, Caramba, Prosaro or other triazole) at flag leaf emergence (Feekes 9).  Protection of the flag leaf is crucial to          protection of yield.  Follow all label requirements.  Contact University of MN Extension for more information.


‚ÄčFOREFRONT - Forefront is a high yielding variety released from South Dakota.  It is tall with good straw and early  maturity.  It is rated as one of the most resistant varieties to scab, equal to Glenn.  Forefront has good protein and good baking qualities.  It is resistant to stem and leaf rust.                                                        

PREVAIL - Released by South Dakota, Prevail has improved yield and strong straw strength.  Prevail is medium-early maturing semi-dwarf variety with high yield potential and acceptable milling traits.  Good scab tolerance.

 PROSPER  - Developed by NDSU, Prosper is an excellent high yielding variety with good protein and baking quality.  A medium height plant with moderate straw strength, highly resistant to stem rust, moderate scab and leaf rust resistance.  Prosper has been a consistent yielder, showing above average yields all across the state.           

LINKERT - U of MN release, Linkert is a high protein variety with good yields.  Short height with excellent straw strength.  Moderate scab and rust resistance.                                                                              

NOTE ABOUT SCAB DISEASE: Many wheat producers the last couple years were hit with severe dockage because of high levels of DON.  DON is a toxin produced by the scab disease Fusarium Head Blight (FHB).  DON infected grain has poor feed and milling quality and FHB drastically lowers grain yield.  FHB is most severe in years with rainy, wet, or humid conditions during heading time.  There is no complete resistance available, but some varieties are less susceptible.  FHB is the same disease that causes common stalk rot in corn.  Wheat and barley should not be planted following corn, and corn residue should be aggressively buried with tillage if grain is to be planted.  Monitoring disease progression is essential and fungicide treatment is the only way to protect your crop.  Growers should be prepared to spray a triazole fungicide (Tilt, Caramba, Prosaro or other triazole) at head emergence (Feekes 10.51).  Flowering is the only time fungicide treatment will be effective for FHB.  Do not use strobilurin fungicides such as Quadris or Headline on wheat for FHB.  Follow all label requirements.   Contact University of MN Extension for more information.


SPRING TRITICALE - A cross between rye and wheat, triticale combines the durability of rye and the quality of wheat to make an excellent forage grain.  Great feed quality with high protein.  Tall and late maturing, good standing.  Variety Not Stated. 


LACEY BARLEY - Lacey has excellent grain yield.  Similar maturity and slightly shorter in height compared to Robust, but with better straw strength.  Barley is a great feed grain or makes an excellent forage.                           
ROBUST BARLEY - Robust is an older variety, but still used a lot as a feed barley.  Robust has good yield and higher protein than other varieties.  It is a taller variety, stands well.   


WINTER WHEAT - Late summer we stock several varieties of winter wheat that are high yielding, winter-hardy and perform well in Southern MN, usually out-yielding spring wheat by wide margins.  Call for price and variety information. 

WINTER RYE  - Fall planted rye can produce several tons per acre of high quality forage in the spring and can be     harvested in time to plant soybeans or silage corn.  Valuable as a cover crop, rye is highly competitive and forms a dense canopy that chokes out most weeds.  Helps to reduce erosion, hold the soil over winter, and increase soil organic matter.  Check herbicide compatibility.  Rye grows very aggressively in the spring, have a plan to kill effectively.  Forage quality peaks at boot stage and drops rapidly.  Can be seeded extremely late (Late October). 


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