early spring planting will yield the best results. Root development
during cool spring weather will enable the plant to benefit
from winter moisture and withstand stress later. Indications are
this plant can usually tolerate temperatures that dip as
low as 22-26 degrees F. Recommended planting time would be at or
oats are seeded in your area. Proper seed inoculation is
essential for Nitrogen production.
inoculation increases legume growth
by as much as110%, water use efficiency by 130%, and reduces
weed populations. Use a rhizobial inoculant designated
for field peas
or vetch. Inoculants designated for alfalfa, sweetclover,
or soybeans will not be effective. Canadian researchers
recommend using a high
quality, self-sticking peat powder-type Rhizobium leguminosarum
inoculant as used for peas and lentils. (Call Dakota Frontier
Seeds for further information.) The large seed can be planted
top 3 inches.
depth should be determined by the available moisture, soil type,
and protection from possible freezing. Seed should be covered by
at least one inch of soil. Broadcasting is not recommended. A planting
rate of 50-60 lbs/acre is recommended. Many growers, especially
in drier areas, have preferred to seed 60 lbs/acre.
Height of mature
plant at about 4 feet.
type, available moisture, climate, and intended use of the
growing crop will all be determining factors.
with different seeding rates will help determine what is
best for each grower’s situation. For planting
equipment, use a regular grain drill (a soybean setting
works well), or an
air seeder. Avoid using equipment that may damage the seed
since the seed is not round and may become chipped
at the corners
allowing infection by mold and other pathogens to reduce