Oat crops are the main winter forage in Queensland due to their ability to produce good quality feed when most pastures are dormant. Farmers rely on oats for livestock fattening during their finishing period from winter to early spring. Over 250,000 hectares of oats are grown annually in Queensland. The crops benefit to the grazing industry has been estimated at over $100 million.
Planting and nutrition
A page describing the recommended planting time and rate, and nutritional practices for forage oats
The production of seed for grain oats is of minor importance in Queensland.
Forage oat variety guide
A comprehensive guide covering new forage oat varieties, growing tips and oat diseases.
Disease management and weed control
A page describing the major diseases of oats and their control, also discusses minor diseases and control of weeds in oat crops
Grazing management and haymaking
A page describing the principles for managing cattle on forage oats crops and producing oaten hay.