Oats are an excellent spring-planted forage crop. While oats tend to be very good quality, there is a large variation in quality across different varieties. We have tested oats extensively to ensure that the forage varieties we offer have good disease resistance as well as excellent quality.


Oats work the best in a balage/haylage management system; however, they can work well in a strip grazing system. They adapt well to the wet soils, and can be used as a nurse crop for alfalfa when necessary.


Seeding rates are 2 to 3 bu per acre. Seed should be placed in a firm seedbed 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep. In the case of a nurse crop, the rate should be reduced to 30 lbs per acre for grass and 50 lbs per acre for alfalfa.

Everleaf Oats

  • Great yielder
  • Exceptional quality
  • A little slower to establish

Zones: 1,2,3,4

Forage Plus Oats

  • Very aggressive
  • Great yielder
  • High feed value NDFD

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

Milk Max

  • 50/50 mix of forage plus oats and forage pea
  • Superb quality pea and oat mixture
  • Can be used as a nurse crop for alfalfa or seeded alone
  • Total fiber levels are lower
  • Top quality forage

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5

Admiral Grain Peas

  • Very good grain pea
  • Can be used as a forage as well
  • Easy to establish
  • Works better then soybeans in an organic system

Zones: 1,2,3,4

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 yield is much better than a common oat

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

Arvika Peas

  • Rapid spring growth
  • Plant as early as you can get in the field
  • Produces over 100 lbs nitrogen
  • Excellent forage
  • Not suited for fall planting

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