Planting Oats and Not Disking

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Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby Soggy Bottom » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:32 am

Right now the ground is very hard in central Texas where I am. I have not been able to prepare my 6 acre oat field and I'm going to be stretched for time for the next 6 weeks. My question is can I a spread the oats with a PTO spreader, than shred the field to cover the seed. Will the seeds grow like this? I do it all time with clover seed, but not sure about oats. Thanks for the input.
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Postby skyhightree1 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:39 am

If the ground is extremely hard and soil not worked and lil moisture I just don't see it turning out well.
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Re: Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby Soggy Bottom » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:58 am

The last time the soil has been disk was the spring of this year.
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Re: Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby callmefence » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:06 am

Don't see it working. Maybe with ryegrass and enough rain. Instead of broadcast and shred. .. broadcast and disc. Or chisel first..even better.
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Re: Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby bird dog » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:47 am

If it does rain, the seed will float around and you will end up with thick patches in the low areas and nothing on the high spots. I would disc it even if your disc will not cut very in very well. Or you can spread the seed and run the disc over it. Then you will at least have some cuts to trap the seed and moisture.
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Re: Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby greybeard » Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:39 pm

Soggy Bottom wrote:Right now the ground is very hard in central Texas where I am. I have not been able to prepare my 6 acre oat field and I'm going to be stretched for time for the next 6 weeks. My question is can I a spread the oats with a PTO spreader, than shred the field to cover the seed. Will the seeds grow like this?


Not likely. I've tried it here with my hard soil and very very little of it germinates. Needs more than just soil contact. I had the same poor results with milo and pearl millet done that way.
(ants and birds loved it tho)
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Postby M-5 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:44 pm

if you have access to an aerator you can broadcast the run it 2 directions and get a good stand
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Re: Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby True Grit Farms » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:34 pm

Your wasting your time if your ground gets as hard as ours. I've tried to no-till oats in hard ground with very little success. I've run my pasture renavator and no-tilled oats afterwards with decent luck. The bigger the seed the better the ground needs to be worked up. IMO
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Re: Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby Brute 23 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:20 pm

Maybe you can sling or no till Jumbo Rye in? Jumbo Rye looks real similar to oats but you can sling it and it will take off like rye.

Just running over it 1 time will increase your odds significantly IMO.
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Re: Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby Soggy Bottom » Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:58 pm

Thanks for the input. I'm going to talk to my neighbor with much larger equipment to see if he will disk for me if I pay him.
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Re: Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby papavillars » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:12 pm

Soggy bottom, where exactly are you located. I am between Dallas and HOUSTON off 45. First year I tried broadcasting very poor results. Birds, ants, hogs sure enjoyed it.
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Re: Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby BK9954 » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:19 pm

My soil was pretty hard but Monday brod cast oats over some pastures before the rain hit. Got 1.7" of slow drizzle rain and the top soils softened. After that seeded everywhere I had open ground, around all senderos, roads, fenclines, around all mesquites, anywhere the sun had pushed away the grass and anywhere I had sprayed Erasure this spring. In the last 2 days another 3" of rain and it's still going. The first round of oats are rooting and growing green and the second is germinating and taking root. I over seed and probably don't get the best germination rate but it gives the cows something green over the winter to graze. Done it a few years ago with decent results. THE BAD THING THIS YEAR IS EVERY COW PATTY IS FULL OF MESQUITE BEANS AND SPROUTING NOW. The cows feasted on those while there was no pasture this summer. My grass is coming back, already a few inches up. God bless the rain. Neighbor is going to get a fall cutting of hay.
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Re: Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby Texasmark » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:39 am

3 weeks ago my Houston Black Clay was unsuitable for anything but splitting open and producing very large, deep cracks. After the light rains we have had for the past week, the surface is softening up whereby it COULD accept light seeds like Oats.

If I were to do as you suggest with my soil as it is today, not when hard, I'd broadcast thick, bag per acre since feed oats are readily available, cheap, and grow out just fine, rake with a spiked toothed harrow, and then run your rotary cutter. That ought to work. The harrow will put some dirt on some of them, the clippings will keep it there and help to retain any moisture, plus reducing sun effects of heat and moisture reduction, and the large volume of seed stock should give you a good stand even if you have low yield on the seeds sprouting.
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Re: Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby True Grit Farms » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:52 am

Texasmark wrote:3 weeks ago my Houston Black Clay was unsuitable for anything but splitting open and producing very large, deep cracks. After the light rains we have had for the past week, the surface is softening up whereby it COULD accept light seeds like Oats.

If I were to do as you suggest with my soil as it is today, not when hard, I'd broadcast thick, bag per acre since feed oats are readily available, cheap, and grow out just fine, rake with a spiked toothed harrow, and then run your rotary cutter. That ought to work. The harrow will put some dirt on some of them, the clippings will keep it there and help to retain any moisture, plus reducing sun effects of heat and moisture reduction, and the large volume of seed stock should give you a good stand even if you have low yield on the seeds sprouting.

I drill 4+ bu of oats to the acre, and if it stays dry and hot I'll be re planning. The main problem is moisture, established bahia grass pasture has roots down to 50 inches, and is sucking most of the ground moisture up before the oats. Planting before the grass goes dormant is risky, even with a no - till drill.
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Re: Planting Oats and Not Disking

Postby Texasmark » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:10 am

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Texasmark wrote:3 weeks ago my Houston Black Clay was unsuitable for anything but splitting open and producing very large, deep cracks. After the light rains we have had for the past week, the surface is softening up whereby it COULD accept light seeds like Oats.

If I were to do as you suggest with my soil as it is today, not when hard, I'd broadcast thick, bag per acre since feed oats are readily available, cheap, and grow out just fine, rake with a spiked toothed harrow, and then run your rotary cutter. That ought to work. The harrow will put some dirt on some of them, the clippings will keep it there and help to retain any moisture, plus reducing sun effects of heat and moisture reduction, and the large volume of seed stock should give you a good stand even if you have low yield on the seeds sprouting.

I drill 4+ bu of oats to the acre, and if it stays dry and hot I'll be re planning. The main problem is moisture, established bahia grass pasture has roots down to 50 inches, and is sucking most of the ground moisture up before the oats. Planting before the grass goes dormant is risky, even with a no - till drill.


Sounds like a lot of seeds. Don't know what a bushel weighs, maybe about one bags worth. I am preparing to plant winter coverage as I type and the grass has been dormant for at least a month. It's recovering slightly with this moisture but I answered the question thinking about what I would do, right now if under the same conditions with what knowledge was presented.

I have some light areas of Bahia and it's dormant as are my Coastal pastures and everything else...before this recent show of moisture. However, with the weather upheavals, and this time of year that's what is needed to get the winter crops going, September is the planting month here, chances are good enough that we will get adequate moisture for seeds to sprout and develop...so planting it is.

Having been born and raised on the Texas Gulf Coast, I didn't like hurricanes, but where I am now, they are necessary for winter crops and I (selfishly) look forward to some coming my way.
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