Oats are a major spring-sown, small grain crop in Iowa. Oats can be used for grain and straw production, as a companion crop to establish hay and pastures, or for early-season forage as hay or haylage. Because oats mature in late July to early August, it allows for cropping options for the remainder of the season, including establishment of a perennial forage or cover crop, and timely window for a mid-season animal manure application.
Lang, Brian; Carlson, Sarah; Gailans, Stefan; and Pecinovsky, Ken
"Oat Variety Trial in Northeast Iowa,"
Farm Progress Reports: Vol. 2015
, Article 96.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/farmprogressreports/vol2015/iss1/96