EverLeaf® Forage Oats
EverLeaf® Forage Oats are a spring oat developed as a true forage variety. Everleaf Forage Oats will be taller and much leafier than other varieties of oats and produce high levels of dry matter yield if planted for forage production. They are a very late maturing variety of oat, and the prolonged vegetative period correlates with high forage quality as well as an extended harvest window. Everleaf Forage Oats will perform well under high fertility conditions and are not prone to lodging. They are not drought tolerant and prefer fertile soils with adequate moisture for maximum production.
Drilled Seeding Rate: 80 lbs/acre (2.5 bushels)
- Planting Time: Early Spring
- Oats can tolerate any light frost that may occur after planting.
- Drilled Seeding Rate: 80 lbs/acre (2.5 bushels)
- Ideal Seeding Depth: 1.5″-2”
- Oats require 9 lbs of N, 11 lbs of P2O5, and 45 lbs of K₂O per ton of forage produced.
- Make fertilizer applications based on expected yield and soil fertility levels.
- Apply ¼–½ rate of nitrogen at planting, and the remaining rate during mid- to late-tillering.
- Do not exceed a total of 25 lbs/a of N+K if fertilizer is placed in-furrow.
Plant into a clean, weed-free seedbed and use the herbicide options below for optimal weed control:
|Timing||Herbicide||Rate||Notes||Weeds Controlled||Control Method|
|Preemergence||Sharpen (Saflufenacil)||1-2 oz/a||Apply after planting and before crop emergence.||Broadleaves||Contact & Residual|
|Explorer (Mesotrione)||6 oz/a||Apply after planting and before crop emergence.||Broadleaves||Contact & Residual|
|Roundup (Glyphosate)**||32 oz/a||Apply any time before crop emergence.||Grasses & Broadleaves||Contact|
|Postemergence||Harmony Extra SG (Thifensulfuron + Tribenuron)||0.45-0.6 oz/a||Apply after 3-leaf stage, but before jointing.||Broadleaves||Contact|
|Broclean(Bromoxynil)||1.5-2 pts/a||Apply from emergence to boot stage.||Broadleaves||Contact|
|Starane Flex (Florasulam + Fluroxypyr)||13.5 oz/a||Apply from 3-leaf stage up to flag leaf emergence.||Broadleaves||Contact|
|Stinger (Clopyralid)||0.25-0.33 pts/a||Apply from 3-leaf stage up to early boot stage.||Broadleaves||Contact|
|2,4-D Amine (2,4-D Amine)||0.25-0.5 lbs ae/a||Apply during the 3- to 4-leaf stage.||Broadleaves||Contact|
|Clarity, Banvel, Sterling Blue (Dicamba)||2-4 oz/a||Apply at the 3- to 4-leaf stage, but prior to jointing.||Broadleaves||Contact|
|Widematch (Clopyralid + Fluroxypyr)||1-1.33 pts/a||Apply from 3-leaf to flag leaf emergence||Broadleaves||Contact|
*Always read and follow label instructions before making an application.
**Different glyphosate products may have different application rates. Refer to the label before making an application.
Disclaimer: All products and rates were provided by university-based sources and product labels. Always follow label instructions and consult your local chemical dealer and seed dealer before making any applications or planting of the seed.
- Everleaf oats are slow maturing and maintain high levels of forage quality for an extended harvest window.
- If harvesting for hay, Everleafs should be cut in the late boot through milk stages to produce the highest quality hay that will cure easily.
- If harvesting for silage, cut when the grain of the oats has reached the soft dough stage. This will produce the highest yield.
- Everleaf oats are safe to graze if other harvest options become limited. In a grazing system, they will have some regrowth potential if grazed when the oats are still vegetative.
- Everleaf oats are commonly followed with a second forage crop such as hay millet, sorghum-sudangrass, or grazing cover crop mixtures.