Submitted to: Electronic Publication
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/13/2016
Publication Date: 7/20/2016
Citation: Coblentz, W.K. 2016. Use of fall-grown oats in dairy cropping systems. Electronic Publication. July 2016.
Technical Abstract: Recently, there has been new (or renewed) interest in alternative forage crops, double-cropping, and cover crops to meet a variety of different management objectives; however, the use of cereal-grain forages figures prominently in many of these management considerations. Work by the USDA-ARS and UW staff at the University of Wisconsin Marshfield Agricultural Research Station has focused primarily on the use of fall-grown oats as a late-season emergency forage crop, a regular option for forage cropping programs, or an option for extending the grazing season. Furthermore, this management concept allows a window of opportunity for summer manure hauling, and the cool growing conditions during late-summer and fall result in some unique forage quality characteristics that dairy producers can use to their advantage.