August 2013 Last Chance Forage

For those south of my Albany, NY location, you can still plant spring oats now at 3 – 5 bu/a of grain type oats for a harvest by early October.   If you are planting on program acres that do not allow a harvest until November 1, then a forage type oat that matures later is better.  A grain type oat is preferred for dairy farms as it will get to heading sooner and so drop the moisture level closer to what you need for ensiling. 

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