Think I am going in different direction, but was considering the oat green feed as possible option. What sort of yield(mt baleable quality/acre) do you expect out of your baler oats. Also, do you have seed close to Red Deer and/or what cost as that may swing my decision? Thx.
I use the oats for green feed. Get my seed from the Bashaw seed plant. Last year the seed cost was $5/bushel. Last year was the first year I mixed peas in with the mix. We got dry here less than 3 inches of rain durning the growing season. Even with that little bit of rain still had a yield of 2 metric ton per acre of bales. Grew them before on sandy land with out any fertilizer and they yielded between 3-4 MT/acre. I seen a field of them by Lacombe a few years ago and had to look twice to make sure they were not corn. As the leaves were so big and thick!
Did a feed test on the oats this year and it tested the best of all the stuff I put up.
relative feed value was 115
relative forage quality was 134.
lower in protein at 9% but had lots of energy with the fat and starch from the oats.
There is now suppose to be an even better forage oat called haymaker. Its suppose to have the leaves like baler but have bigger heads with more grain in them.