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pine forest

01-23-2013 08:14:00

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Hi guys,
I am going to plant some grass water ways in my small fields on my hobby farm in minnesota. I have some spots that wash out on side hills. I would like to use oats as a nurse crop for the grasses I am planting. Can I just buy a bag of feed oats from the local farm store and plant them? Will they grow? Do I buy rolled oats or just plain oats? Thanks for your help.

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02-03-2013 20:33:57

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 Re: oats in reply to pine forest, 01-23-2013 08:14:00  
I grow oats every year and use my seed from the last year for seed. The rest of the oats I sell as feed whole oats. It is easy to do a germ test. count out 100 seeds soak them for a few days in the refrigerator(to wake them up) put in a wet paper towel in the house and in 4 or five days you will see how well they germ. Only problem may be weed seeds meany people don't spray or control weeds well. But if they are cleaned that should get most of them. You can plant them as soon as it can be worked. They can take down to 28 degrees after they germ and will grow in cold soils.

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01-30-2013 12:30:12

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 Re: oats in reply to pine forest, 01-23-2013 08:14:00  
i always used annual rye instead seems like came up quicker gets 7 ,8 inches tall then will just die out. it will not head out cause not winter cycle

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01-24-2013 08:12:05

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 Re: oats in reply to pine forest, 01-23-2013 08:14:00  
As they already mentioned, cleaned is good, processed oats are bad. I bought old (out of date) and discontinued, certified oats from a regional seed supplier for little more than "cleaned" seed from a feed store and I was sure this seed was weed free. Similar to your situation I used it for a cover crop. They were looking to clean out the warehouse so might be worth checking around. I thought it germinated fine, but can't be picky about varieties.

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01-24-2013 06:01:23

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 Re: oats in reply to pine forest, 01-23-2013 08:14:00  
"Feed oats" will be just fine. You do not want them to be processed in any way...other than maybe cleaned. Rolled oats have literally been rolled through a crimper and it has mashed the germplasm which destroys the germination capability of the oat. It would be like trying to get "oatmeal" to grow. You will want to up the seding rate on "feed oats" to compensate for a perhaps lower germination rate on them. Good luck with your new seeding.

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pine forest

01-23-2013 16:34:30

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 Re: oats in reply to pine forest, 01-23-2013 08:14:00  
Thanks guys for the reply. I know for most of you this is common knowledge to regrow oats not from certified seed. For some of us that are starting with nothing and not handed daddy's farm, it is still a learning process. I have asked simple questions here before and I really appreciate the grace and patience of the vast majority of you for a young and beginning farmer. Those with the sarcasm please don't reply. Keep it to yourself. This country has enough of that.

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01-25-2013 05:42:15

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 Re: oats in reply to pine forest, 01-23-2013 16:34:30  
"not handed daddy"s farm" could be considered sarcastic by those who farm full-time, but started from scratch. goes both ways- LOL. Actually the concept of growing oatmeal is intriguing....eliminate the middle man.

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01-23-2013 15:47:56

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 Re: oats in reply to pine forest, 01-23-2013 08:14:00  
Cleaned is good, no rolling or nothing like that!

Will work fine.


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Bob Bancroft

01-23-2013 10:09:57

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 Re: oats in reply to pine forest, 01-23-2013 08:14:00  
Oats that have been cleaned for feed or seed would be good. But you don't want them processed any further, as they probably wouldn't grow!

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01-23-2013 08:55:26

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 Re: oats in reply to pine forest, 01-23-2013 08:14:00  
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01-23-2013 08:43:40

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 Re: oats in reply to pine forest, 01-23-2013 08:14:00  
Just plain, whole oats from the feed store should be fine.

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