Oats are an inexpensive cover crop and provide a quick ground cover when fall seeded, providing weed suppression and erosion control. They typically winter kill and provide a beautiful killed mulch for spring seeded crops. Oats are good nutrient scavengers and work well with radishes and turnips to provide fall forage.


Best to plant after wheat or a spring cover crop. Allow 6 to 8 weeks before killing frost if the oats are intended as a forage. Disking lightly in the spring will break up the brittle residue exposing enough soil for warmer soils. No-tilling into oats in the spring works fine. If planted in the spring, oats can be killed by spraying. Mowing and rolling work well at soft dough stage. Like rye, oats have an allelopathic effect and can cause slow growth in the following crop.

ProLeaf 234

  • High feed value NDFD
  • True forage oats, expect high yield
  • Very aggressive starter
  • Later heading than Jerry

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5,6


Forage Plus Oats

  • Very aggressive
  • Great yielder
  • most rust resistant
  • High feed value NDFD

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Esker Oats

  • The best for grains
  • Tremendous yielder
  • 20-30 bushels higher than Jerry
  • High test weight

Zones: 5, 6

Jerry Oats

  • A good all around oat
  • Forage or grain
  • Forage yields are a lot better than common oats

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Seed 100 lbs/A with a drill or fly into standing corn.