Optimizing Oats for Use as Dairy Forage

This piece comes to us from the ARS's Dennis O'Brien and the AgResearch magazine. Dairy cattle graze fall-grown Ogle oats in mid-Nove

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  1. We’ve done this for many years now, while forage oats are more costly than grain oats or bin run oats, forage varieties yield as least an additional ton/acre.

    August moisture is essential to get quick germination.

    May be variety specific, but will grow well into fall and can sustain temperatures into the mid to low 20’s.

    I like to mix in a brassica with the oats.

    Have never had a forage test come back in less than 70% TDN.

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