Oat Variety and Fungicide Trials
In a Nutshell
Small grain crops, like oats, are seeing renewed interest by farmers in Iowa. Iowa was once a nationwide leader in oats production, but many farm families have not grown them for a generation or two. 16 oat varieties were screened at two Iowa State University research farms. Additionally four varieties were included in a separate fungicide trial at one of the research farms.
Betagene, Deon, Badger and Natty varieties were among the top performers in terms of yield at both locations. These entries also scored low for incidence of crown rust. Badger, Betagene, GM423, Goliath and Natty varieties met all of the quality specifications (except test weight) identified by food processors. Fungicide improved test weight for two varieties (Badger and Rockford) while Beta glucan concentration and fat concentration were not affected.