Planting oats in Texas

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  1. Cyngbaeld

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    I was thinking of planting some oats this winter. Never tried this before. LOL, but feed prices are going thru the roof, so thought I'd give it a whirl. Any good advice?
     
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    Depends on the part of Texas you are in and on rainfall. Do you have a way to harvest them?? If by hand - google "naked oats".
     

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    OOps, forgot! I'm NE of Austin, post oak savannah country, about 36 inches average according to the almanac.
     
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    Can oats be grown over winter in your climate? There is no such thing as 'winter oats' up here in Minnesota. Winter wheat even tends to die out in a harsh winter, but rye alomst always makes it.

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    Paul, I've been doing some reading online and apparently mid october is the season for planting oats here. They seem to do like winter wheat, grow a bit then go dormant. Then green up in the spring and put up the seed head.

    Most of the rainfall here is during the winter, tho there is not much 'winter'.
     
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    Cyngbaeld, I am nearer to the gulf coast but have had very little luck with oats. On the other hand, we plant lots of ryegrass every year(sown on top of the ground) and have had varying successes with the different clovers(very expensive seed.)
     
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    Valient, I was wondering what variety of oats you planted and when you planted them? What do you mean by no luck? How far did you get with the crop and what happened? Thnx
     
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    I do not remember the exact variety but I will give you my experiences with them. First, I have had bad luck getting the seed to germinate well. Then, every time I would get a good stand, it would turn very yellow as it grew. I will say I got the best stands when I would disc up the land very good and plant into a firm seedbed. However, with the ryegrass, I have had good luck almost every time(with varying success due to weather.) I planted the named varieties of seed oats but do know quite a few people who have planted "feed" oats and have had decent success.
     
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    Instead of oats I would recommend planting wheat. Wheat will do eveything you would want from oats and with a lot less risks to crop problems. Oats are far more tempermental and subject to greater insect damage.
     
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    Thanks, Valent.

    Agmantoo, I WANT oats. I buy quite a few for my birds and would prefer to grow them myself.
     
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    Cyngbaeld, "I" dont know of anyone around here (again I am much closer to the coast than you are) that grows oats to the grain stage even though I'm sure it would be possible. I have always been trying to get the forage qualities out of it. Try to get your local extension agent to help you out on this one. They can be invaluable. If I was you, I would try anyhow. By the by, what kind of birds?
     
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    Valent, I'll see if I can get hold of someone who knows something up there at the extension office.

    Read my sig line. LOL
     
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    oh, sorry. I have the sig lines and avatars disabled but I saw the answer under your profile.
     
  14. Rowdy

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    I sowed oats for a local farmer about two years ago up here near Abilene.
    We sowed them in late September. Ran a heavy disc over the ground, then used the grain drill we had set up for wheat, with a pipe drag behind it. From what I remember it grew pretty good. Seems like we only disked when we sowed oats, and only used sweeps when we sowed wheat.

    Not sure if that is any help at all.

    Rowdy
     
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    PLANT the oats! When the problems arise just remember my suggestion. What I suggested (good advise) was what you asked for in your post. However, I will refrain from responding to you in the future.
     
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    Thanks, Rowdy. Maybe I can find someone to do that for me. I don't have a tractor.

    Valent, no problem. I should have thought of that myself since I'm now on a slow dial up.