Currently, oat production in Michigan is estimated at around 40,000 bushels per year brought to harvest. While among the lowest produced small grains in Michigan, interest in this versatile crop is increasing in part due the to the organic, locally sourced food market.
Oats serve multiple purposes including: small grain production (human and animal consumption), forage and cover crops. Research plots at the Michigan State University (MSU) W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) feature 16 different oat varieties that were chosen to evaluate yield, quality, processability, and potential disease resistance under organic management.
While the trials have been managed organically, this trial will be of interest to conventional producers as well, exhibiting varietal differences under minimal inputs.
Whether you are growing oats for food, feed, or forage under conventional or organic management, this event will have something to offer.
The MSU Oat Field Day at KBS in Hickory Corners on July 19 will run from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. beginning with registration and refreshments, followed by a plot tour and education programs featuring MSU researchers and local grain millers. The event address is: 9693 North 40th Ave Hickory Corners, MI 49060. This address will take you to the house that is directly across the street, so follow the signs to the plots.
In our educational sessions, topics that will be discussed include: oat production in Michigan, organic variety trails and oat diseases. The field day will conclude with a showcase of freshly milled oats as well as an opportunity networking.
People interested in oats and their use in Michigan are encouraged to come out to support our first oat field day!
The event is free, however registration is strongly encouraged. Register at https://events.anr.msu.edu/KBSOats/.
This project is funded by Organic Valley, Farmers Advocating for Organics grant program.
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