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I was wondering if anyone on here grew oats and could tell me some information on them compared to wheat, like bushels an acre and fertilizer. I've never planted them before and we used to plant wheat but it doesn't pay, we may as well plant it to corn. we need the straw and the local feed mill wants the oats so I was hoping it would work out.

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Oats in our Region Red River Valley Manitoba, Usually yield about 80 - 120 bu a year. Usually put about 30 lbs of P and about 65 lbs of N per acre. You can put more N but you need a variety that stands well or else it will lodge pretty bad. Generally a pretty cheap crop to grow. We usually don't apply any fungicide. Usually just some MCPA for broadleafs there isn't much you can spray for grasses though so usually need a good preseed burnoff.
There is a new variety out called triactor which i think will handle Nitrogen pretty good. Some neighbors grew it and averaged about 140 bu acre with one field doing about 200 bu/acre.

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just make sure you don't overload the trucks when you haul it those oats. lol
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200 bu. would be nice.. well even 100 would be nice. nobody really grows them around here so I don't know what the difference in yield would be with our climate.
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I know guys averaging 180 for the past couple of years. Oats need sulpher also.
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just wondering if anyone is spraying a fungicide on their triactor oats. sounds like it has a lot of resistance to rusts. first time growing triactor.
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200 bu thats 4.4 t/a, I'd be happy when wheat goes that.
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So, it doesn't pay you to grow wheat, but it might to grow oats? I'd be very surprised if that turns out to be the case when all is said and done.

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When its all said and done you might be left scratching your head. And for sure everything else.

Your location will determine how oats may yield for you. Oats like moisture and cool temperatures. If they weren't itchy I would grow some. We used to get 110 pretty consistently as long as they were seeded early.

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Well oats in this area pencil out pretty good and good for our crop rotations. We seed orrin and clean our own seed. Seed at 2.5 bushels per acre or a little heavier depending on seed weight (not uncommon to get 45+ lb oats). Put down 30 lbs of phos, 70 lbs of N and hopefully field has some sulfur left in it, otherwise its best to have some added to your nitrogen. Some guys put potash down to help with straw strength but orrin and morgan are good standing oats. We seed ours close to last and is usually harvested right in middle, its a quick crop and faster than barley. You need to preburn to get any volunteer cereals or wild oats and prepass works well. In crop herbicide is about $8-9 per acre. We spray our oats at flag stage (same as barley) with quilt or twinline. Usually get 120-130 bpa but can go up to 170-200 bpa, last year 155. Sold oats for no less than 3.50 and up to 3.75 (if I held out it was over $4 here for a while). So if you pencil that out, you make more per acre net than an average wheat or barley crop as long as you get the bushels and 3.50 per bushel.

A helpful tip...although not on the label, jumpstart on oats has increased our yearly yields by 8-10%. We were first to do trials on it and this year you have almost see the line.

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