Growing High-Quality Food-Grade Oats

Tuesday, Aug. 11 | 1 – 2 p.m.

DSC 3243A.J. will share insights from two years of adding food-grade oats to a corn-soy rotation. He’ll discuss variety selection and seeding; cover crops; making decisions about herbicides and fungicides; harvest and storage of grain and straw; and benefits and challenges he’s experienced. A.J. will also discuss on-farm research he has conducted aimed at optimizing fertilizer rates in corn following oats and a green manure, and in oats to maximize oat yield and minimize lodging.

Hosts: A.J. and Kellie Blair

The Farm: Fourth-generation farmers A.J. and Kellie Blair are lifetime members of PFI who farm full-time near Dayton, Iowa, with their two children. As part of their mission to be good stewards of the land, the Blairs operate a diversified farm consisting of soybeans, corn, rye, alfalfa, oats, cattle and pigs.


  • Oat seeding and variety selection
  • Herbicide and fungicide decision-making
  • Cover crops
  • Grain harvest and straw baling: equipment, scouting, reaching test weight, storage
  • On-farm research: optimizing N rates in oats and corn

Format: Virtual Field Day

Platform: Zoom

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