Oats
Avena sativa L.
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Image Cultivar Type Production period Morphological description Crop strengths Feeding value Production potential Crop uses Soil requirement Establishment

KKS H301 Temperate, Forage cereal Annual, Winter & spring

Erect, tufted grass, 1.5 – 2 m tall

Leaf blade is flat, narrow and veined; taper to a fine point; rolled in bud; 15 – 30 cm x 0.6 – 3.0 cm

Long, narrow yellow, brown seeds; 0.6 – 1 cm; 35 000 – 75 000 seeds/kg

Rapid forage production with high feeding value

High leaf to stem ratio due to broad leaves

Crude protein: 7 – 8 %

Digestibility: 70 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 9 t/ha/annum Hay, silage, winter cover crop & grazing

Widely adapted to most soil conditions, avoid low fertility and waterlogged soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.0

Plant during January – April; April – May

Seeding rate of 40 – 50 kg/ha dryland and 75 – 100 kg/ha irrigated


Kompasberg Temperate, Forage cereal Annual, Winter & spring

Erect, tufted grass, 0.75 - 1 m tall

Leaf blade is flat, narrow and veined; taper to a fine point; rolled in bud; 15 – 30 cm x 0.6 – 1.2 cm

Long, narrow yellow, brown seeds; 0.6 – 1 cm; 35 000 - 75 000 seeds/kg

High forage production

Smother crop for weed suppression

Crude protein: 7 – 8 %

Digestibility: 70 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 8 t/ha/annum Grain

Widely adapted to most soil conditions, avoid waterlogged soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.0

Plant during January – April; April – May

Seeding rate of 40 – 50 kg/ha dryland and 75 – 100 kg/ha irrigated


Overberg Temperate, Forage cereal Annual, Winter & spring

Erect, tufted grass

Grows up to 1.2 – 2 m tall

Fibrous root system

Leaf blade is flat, narrow and veined; taper to a fine point; rolled in bud; 15 – 30 cm x 0.6 – 1.2 cm

Long, narrow yellow, brown seeds; 0.6 – 1 cm; 35 000 – 75 000 seeds/kg

Fair drought tolerance

Dual purpose crop

Crude protein: 7 – 8 %

Digestibility: 70 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 9 t/ha/annum Grazing, hay, silage, companion crops & winter cover crop

Widely adapted to most soil conditions, avoid waterlogged soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.0

Plant during January – April; April – May

Seeding rate of 40 – 50 kg/ha dryland and 75 – 100 kg/ha irrigated


Saia Temperate, Forage cereal Annual, Winter & spring

Erect, tufted grass, 1.5 – 2.0 m tall

Fibrous root system and narrow leaves 15 – 30 cm x 0.3 – 0.75 cm

Long, narrow greyish, black seeds; 0.6 – 1 cm; 35 000 seeds/kg

Fast establishing, rapid forage production

Smother crop for weed suppression

Crude protein: 7 – 8 %

Dry matter digestibility: 70 %

Dry matter production: 7 t/ha/annum Grazing, hay, silage, companian crop & winter cover crop

Widely adapted to most soil conditions, tolerates low soil fertility

pH range of 5.5 – 7.0

Plant during January – April; April – May

Seeding rate of 37 – 50 kg/ha dryland and 50 – 75 kg/ha irrigated


Simonsberg Temperate, Forage cereal Annual, Winter & spring

Erect, tufted grass, 1 – 1.35 m tall

Fibrous root system

Leaf blade is flat, narrow and veined; taper to a fine point; rolled in bud; 15 – 30 cm x 0.6 – 1.2 cm

Long, narrow yellow, brown seeds; 0.6 – 1 cm; 35 000 – 75 000 seeds/kg

Fast establishing and high forage production

High feeding value

Crude protein: 7 – 8%

Dry matter digestibility: 70%

Dry matter production: 5 - 8 t/ha/annum Grazing & grain

Widely adapted to most soil conditions, avoid waterlogged soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.0

Plant during January – April; April – May

Seeding rate of 40 – 50 kg/ha dryland and 75 – 100 kg/ha irrigated


SWK 001 Temperate, Forage cereal Annual, Winter & spring

Erect, tufted grass, 1.5 – 2 m tall

Leaf blade is flat, narrow and veined; taper to a fine point; rolled in bud; 15 – 30 cm x 0.6 – 1.2 cm

Long, narrow yellow, brown seeds; 0.6 – 1 cm; 35 000 – 75 000 seeds/kg

Good hay crop

Fair lodging resistance

Crude protein: 7 – 8 %

Digestibility: 70 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 9 t/ha/annum Hay, silage, winter cover crop & grazing

Widely adapted to most soil conditions, avoid waterlogged soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.0

Plant during January – April; April – May

Seeding rate of 40 – 50 kg/ha dryland and 75 – 100 kg/ha irrigated