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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: IMPROVEMENT OF DAIRY FORAGE AND MANURE MANAGEMENT TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL RISK Title: Grazing management for fall-grown oat forages

item Coblentz, Wayne
item Gildersleeve, Rhonda -

Submitted to: Popular Publication
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: May 1, 2014
Publication Date: May 15, 2014
Citation: Coblentz, W.K., Gildersleeve, R.R. 2014. Grazing management for fall-grown oat forages. Popular Publication. pp 6-7.

Technical Abstract: Fall forage production of oat generally will out-yield winter wheat or cereal rye by about a 2:1 ratio, regardless of weather conditions or harvest date because oat plants will joint, elongate, and produce a seedhead before winter, while winter wheat or cereal rye will remain vegetative until spring. Fall-grown oat provides little potential for regrowth, and will winterkill with near certainty in Wisconsin. Therefore, fall-grown oat provides a fall stockpiled forage option for grazing, with best utilization accomplished by efficient, one-time removal of standing forage. A single ‘lead’ wire can be advanced daily to prevent trampling and waste, and to allocate forage based on producer management goals and requirements. Producers will need to evaluate the nutrient requirements of their livestock classes against the quality of fall-grown oat coupled with other harvested forages and/or supplements to meet their desired animal performance goals.

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