spring oats, triticale, forage value, south dakota
Spring oats commonly are grown in South Dakota for either grain or forage. The value of oats as forage depends on maturity when harvested and varietal characteristics. As oats matures, yield increases and quality decreases. Research indicates that tall, late-maturing varieties produce the highest forage yields. Triticale was originally developed as a grain for human and animal consumption, but it has the potential to be used as forage. Research suggests that spring triticale has forage yield and quality characteristics similar to oats and barley.
Twidwell, Edward K.; Thiex, Nancy J.; and Hall, Rober G., "Forage Value of Spring Oats and Triticale" (2002). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 272.