Regarding your recent column in
New Farm, I'm thinking of trying oats on a spare 15 acres here
on eastern Long Island. It's been cover-cropped for three years
and is in good shape.
What variety/varieties do you use? I see you drill it, but I might
broadcast and roll it in. I guess you harvest with a combine (I'd
have to contract that out).
Thanks for your time and good advice.
The variety we are currently planting is called ‘Blaze.’
Before switching to this variety, we were planting ‘Ogle.’
I'd check with your county extension agent to see what variety might
do best for you under your own local conditions. One thing to consider
is your planting date. For us here in eastern Pennsylvania--and
you should be about the same--the target date is late March.
Oats like cool soil to germinate in. That's one of the beauties
of most small grains; they do best in the cooler weather of spring
or fall. You might want to cover crop the field for the summer,
then try wheat in the fall (planted in early October), or wait until
spring and plant the oats. You could plant soybeans now, get them
off, and still have time to plant any of the small grains - rye,
wheat or oats. I don't know your situation or the time and equipment
you have available to you. If you have any more specific questions,
I'll do my best to answer them if you email back.
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