Spring Oat: Varieties
Choose a variety adapted to your area. On the average, the later maturing varieties should not be grown in Area 3 (Figure 1.7-1) because low bushel weight and poor grain quality may result. The earlier varieties are best for the warmer areas and perform well in other areas of the state.
Poor-quality seed may limit yield and crop performance because of low germination (less than 85 percent), excessive foreign material, weed seed, and seed of other varieties or crops. Certified seed offers the best assurance of quality.
Spring oat varieties vary in yield, maturity, test weight, height, and lodging. Spring oat performance tests are conducted annually at Cornell University. These results are available online at smallgrains .cit.cornell.edu/testing.html.