Oats have poor winter tolerance and are easily killed and worked back into the soil. They are useful for weed suppression and as a nurse crop with hairy vetch.
- A mixture of at least two crops from the prescribed list must be sown.
- Catch crops must remain in place until after 1 January.
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Sowing rate: Oats at 60-75 kg/ha; Black oats at 30-40 kg/ha
Sowing time: Sow from mid-July up until 15 September if sowing for ACRES eligibility
Frost tolerance: Poor
Pests & diseases: Generally not a problem