Oats are an annual, cool season small grain that grow 1-3’ at maturity. Oats are widely adapted to a variety of soils and planting locations. They are used primarily as a hardy, cool season, drought tolerant, easy to establish forage crop for wildlife and livestock. Oats are also used as a nurse crop for native seed mixes that must be planted in winter. When used in this manner, the seeding rates should be reduced to prevent dense cover that can interfere with emergence of warm-season native species the following spring. Oats are a preferred plant for use in winter food plots for white-tailed deer, which relish the young foliage.
Planting Rate: 50-75 lbs per acre