Growing high test weight oats
Hey, I've always wondered what the trick to raising higher test weight oats is. We farm in southern Iowa and it's always nice to have 20 acres of oats to have a place to spread manure in the summer and to have the straw for bedding in the winter. However, we can't ever seem to get a high enough test weight to take the to quaker oats in cedar rapids. I think they want them over 38 lbs and we are lucky if we get close to 30 in a good year. Is cool weather and plenty of moisture the key or is the other ways to achieve this? Since oats aren't very popular down here, there aren't alot of varities to choose from. Are some better than others at getting better weights? Thanks for any info and advice.