Issue No. 35 - Spring 2002

"Wish we had seeded more oats on our farm", was one of the comments made by the Hon. Clay Serby, Minister of Agriculture, when he addressed the Prairie Oat Growers' Association Annual Meeting in December, 2001.

Judging by the chuckles and the number of nodding heads in the near capacity crowd, there were a lot of producers who agreed with him. Especially with oat prices hovering in that $3/bushel range. While the price of oats has growers excited, oats as a regular part of a rotation works well when winter wheat is also included in the rotation. The key to seeding oats and then winter wheat is to seed the oats EARLY! At the POGA meeting, a couple of researchers presented material that showed seeding oats early has a number of benefits.

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