Our 60/40 Pea/Oat blend is a commonly used spring forage option for livestock producers looking to increase tonnage and quality in their annual hay or haylage crops. Forage peas are very high in digestibility and crude protein and do not sacrifice yield. Using a taller variety of oat in the blend ensures good dry matter yield and provides structure for the peas to grow upwards with. This combination makes Pea and Oat seed mix a reliable source of quality forage for all classes of livestock.
Drilled Seeding Rate: 100 lbs/acre
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- Planting Time: Early Spring
- Both Peas and Oats can tolerate any light frost that may occur after planting.
- Drilled Seeding Rate: 100 lbs/acre
- Ideal Seeding Depth: 1.5″-2″
- Pea/Oat Mix requires approximately 20 lbs of N, 20 lbs of P₂O₅, and 45 lbs of K₂O per ton of forage produced.
- With adequate soil fertility, this grass/legume mixture should not need additional nitrogen applied.
- If soil fertility levels are low, consider applying 25 lbs of N/acre between planting and mid- to late-tillering of the oats.
- 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.
- If weeds are present at planting, consider applying glyphosate before or after planting, but before crop emergence to control
- There are no herbicide options to control weeds after the crop has emerged.
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 seed.
- Hay: Cut when the oats are in the late boot through milk stages to ensure that it will cure easily.
- Haylage: Cut when the oats are in the soft dough stage. This allows the peas to form pods as well which increases the feed value.
- Pea/Oat blends are safe to graze if other harvest options become limited.
- Pea/Oat blends are commonly followed with a second forage crop such as hay millet, sorghum-sudangrass, or grazing cover crop mixtures.
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