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Outback Forage Oats


Avena sativa

Grazing and hay production

Mid-late maturing forage oat

  • Excellent establishment vigour, late maturity
  • Wide leaf and good digestibility
  • Good recovery from grazing
  • True forage oat, with excellent palatability
  • Long season of production for high yields
  • Excellent dual purpose variety
Seed Agronomy Table
Maturity Mid-Late
Seeding Rate - Dryland (kg/ha) 30 - 50
Seeding Rate - High Rainfall/Irrigation (kg/ha) 50 - 80
Hard Seed Level 1 = Least Hard 10 = Most Hard • Burr Burial Strength 1 = Very Weak 10 = Very Strong
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Enterprises for this seed

  • Fast establishing autumn-spring growing fodder crop with high feeding value
  • High leaf to stem ratio
  • Opportunities for grazing/silage/hay production


  • Susceptible to pugging; avoid grazing if waterlogged - regrowth will be compromised

Plant Description
  • Tufted annual grows to nearly 2 metres tall.

  • Stout hollow culm with conspicuous nodes.

  • Flat and wide and veined; taper to a fine point. Rolled in bud.

  • Large pendulous spikelet, 15 to 30 millimetres long; 2 to 3 florets.

  • Approximately equal to 50,000 per kilogram.

Pasture Type and Use

Sown in autumn for winter bulk. Some varieties suited to multi-uses - e.g. high quality hay export/grain production. Often used to provide weed control and soil preparation prior to renovating with perennial pasture. Robust so often used as a pioneer crop on new land.


Greater than 400 millimetres.


Well drained. Tolerates a broad pH range.


Avoid sowing when soil temperature greater than 12°C or less than 25°C.

  • Annual ryegrass.

  • Clovers, peas, vetch, medics.

  • 15 to 20 kilograms per hectare.

  • Sow into a cultivated seedbed to a depth of 35 to 70 millimetres at 60 to 120 kilograms per hectare depending on soil type/region and expected rainfall.

  • Sow late summer/early Autumn. Can be sown dry (sow less than 50 millimetres).

  • Sow with 10 kilograms P per hectare. If using MAP/DAP sow separately from the seed.

  • 35 to 70 kilograms N per hectare, ensure P, K, S, Zn are adequate.

  • Graze prior to stem elongation. Leave 12 centimetre residues/ lowest stem node. Repeat grazings after a month's recovery. Where yield is high it is usually strip grazed by dairy cattle along a long front to minimize trampling losses. A back fence may maximise regrowth.

  • Regenerates from self-sown seed.

  • Dropped seed may see plants regenerate for a season or two.

  • Cereal cyst nematode, stem nematode, red legged earth mite, snails, cereal aphis (re BYDV transmission), cutworms, webworm, lucerne flea, army worm, Bruobia mite, wingless grasshoppers and Australian plague locust.

  • Leaf rust, stem rust, Septoria blotch, bacterial blight, barley yellow dwarf virus, halo blight, stripe blight, powdery mildew.

  • Glyphosate.

Animal Production
  • Winter feed typically 70 per cent digestibility, 7 to 8 per cent crude protein.

  • Readily acceptable.

  • Up to 7 tonne dry matter per hectare by spring where moisture is available and soil fertility is good.

  • Young plants can accumulate a high level of nitrates and lead to nitrite poisoning, especially in cattle. Slow growth, hot, dry conditions or frost/hail damage can elevate nitrate level.

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