Upright cool season annual that grows 2-5 feet tall. Has fibrous roots; hollow, straight stems; and narrow tapered leaves. Winter oat types are the least winter hardy of all the small grains, are not widely available, and require vernalization to head and produce seeds.

Managing Cover Crop Profitably Book CoverOats: Managing Cover Crops Profitably (SARE Handbook Series Book 9) by Andy Clark (2007, 3rd ed.)

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Cover Crops in Missouri: Putting Them to Work on Your Farm

Rob Myers, Charlie Ellis, Rich Hoormann, Tim Reinbott – University of Missouri; Newell Kitchen – USDA Agricultural Research Service; Jodie Reisner – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Updated April 2016

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Making the Most of Mixtures: Considerations for Winter Cover Crops in Temperate Climates

Charlie White, Mary Barbercheck, Tianna DuPont, Denise Finney, Abbe Hamilton, Dave Hartman, Mena Hautau, Jermaine Hinds, Mitch Hunter, Jason Kaye, and James LaChance – Pennsylvania State University


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Cover Crops: 16 demonstration plots and their seed mixes

Kevin Shelley – University of Wisconsin

October 2015

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