Published Mar 2, 2021

Choosing the Right Oat Varieties- Breeding to Buying – 2021 Virtual Annual Conference

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


Want to get serious about your oat crop? If so, it’s time to learn about variety selection. Join farmer Chad Ingels, seed seller Mac Ehrhardt and breeder Melanie Caffe as they discuss the ins and outs of choosing the right oat variety for your farming operation and end market.

  • Mac Ehrhardt is president of Albert Lea Seed, located in southern Minnesota. Albert Lea Seed is a third-generation family business that sells organic and non-GMO seed throughout the upper Midwest.
  • Chad Ingels farms in Fayette County, Iowa, with his wife and three children. Chad raises corn, soybeans, oats and hogs on 600 acres, and he operates ClearWater Ag Strategies, LLC, which helps farmers with manure management.
  • Melanie Caffe is an associate professor at South Dakota State University. She leads the oat breeding program and has participated in the development and release of varieties “Hayden,” “Natty,” “Sumo,” “Saddle,” “Warrior” and “Rushmore.