Oat Production: From Variety Selection and Seeding to Baling and Cleaning
Thursday, July 7 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hosts: Dan & Susan Voss, Brian Voss & Nicole Hepker
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Join the Vosses on their farm outside of Atkins, Iowa, to see and hear about cover crops, working oats into an extended rotation and more. Dan, winner of the 2021 “Forward Thinking Farmer” award, was early to adopt cover crops in his corn and soybeans and has been growing small grains for the entirety of his career. With his son, Brian, he no-till farms about 600 acres of corn and soybeans, alfalfa hay and oats for feed and straw.
The Vosses will discuss cover crop practices and species they’ve used, lead guests on a tour of an oat crop and discuss management from variety selection to post-harvest. Guests will also see the Vosses’ equipment set-up for drilling oats. Attendees can stick around following the field day to see the bioreactor and saturated buffer, installed at the end of 2021. There’s plenty to learn and see during this field day!
Speaker: A representative from Welter Seed
- Albert Lea Seed
- Grain Millers Inc
- Iowa Farmers Union
- Linn Soil & Water Conservation District
- Benton County Corn Growers
- Welter Seed and Honey Company
See & Discuss:
- Growing an oat crop
- Drill settings
- Combine settings for oats
- Post-harvest handling
- Oat seeding and variety selection
- Herbicide and fungicide management
- Oat straw cutting, baling and marketing
- Teff grass
- A three-way cover crop mix
- The Haney test
- A bioreactor and saturated buffer
Location Notes: For Google Map accuracy, you must include “NW” in the street address. The correct address is east of Atkins.
Meal Information: Lunch will be provided at the end of the field day.