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Angie Peltier
Former Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture

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Hill and Furrow

Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
Figure. Oats nearing heading at the NWIARDC, May 18, 2012.
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Oats nearing heading

Posted by Angie Peltier - Oats

Acres of oats have been at their lowest in the US in 2010-2012 since the National Agricultural Statistics Service began keeping records in 1926. At the peak in 1954, oats were planted on 46.09 million acres. Acreage was the lowest in 2011 with 2.5 million acres planted. This year 2.9 million acres of oats were planted nationwide. In Illinois, 30,000 acres were planted in 2012.

Yields on the few acres planted must be high to meet demand. Associates of Dr. Fred Kolb, small grains breeder at the University of Illinois, planted oats at the NWIARDC on March 9th. Heads are starting to emerge from the flag leaf sheath on some of the breeding lines (Figures). Yield data will be collected at maturity.

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