Black Oats

Crop Type Seeds/Lb Minimum Germination Temperature
cool season grass 22,000 38F

Black Oats have the forage potential of rye with a better nutrient density, digestibility and palatability. The high forage potential is made possible by wider leaf blades and more tillers while being accompanied by a larger stature plant. This species has been shown to perform well in mixes when planted in the spring/fall across the state of Montana. In addition to great grazing potential, this species of oat has good cold tolerance, allowing it to grow late into the fall/early winter. As with other small grains, nitrate toxicity is possible, depending on growing season conditions.

Nitrogen scavenger Soil builder Prevent Erosion Weed Suppression Grazing Quick Growth Lasting Residue Make P and K Available Loosen Topsoil Suppress Disease Attract Beneficial Insects
5 4 5 5 5 5 4 2 4 4 1

1 = Poor and 5 = Excellent