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oats planting 2012

Planting oats!

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Once more than 3 million acres in Illinois were planted to spring oats. That number has dwindled to fewer than 100,000 acres which includes oats over seeded with alfalfa. The University of Illinois continues to have an active breeding and variety development program in oats. Dr. Fred Kolb's agronomy team was at the NIARC today planting the oat variety trials (in 80 degree weather, and shorts!). In Illinois spring oats traditionally can be planted as soon as soil conditions permit, ideally before April 15th in northern Illinois. Drilled oats should be planted at 2-3 bushels per acre (64 - 96 lbs.)

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