Benefits of Black Oats
Black Oats, otherwise known as Saia Oats, is the world’s most widely used winter green manure – with good reason.
This temperate cereal offers farmers a number of benefits:
Black Oats produce a high level of organic matter.
They form a dense cover, and protect the soil from wind and rainfall erosion.
Due to the way in which Oats tiller, they have the ability to effectively suppress weeds.
Creeping grasses and weeds are suppressed – due to allelopathy.
Similarly, particularly in sandy soils, they assist in suppressing harmful nematodes.
Black Oats are palatable to livestock. Should they be grazed before seeding or cut for bailing, they will regrow. Therefore, this offers a dual-purpose crop – a green manure that pays for itself.
They perform well in cover crop mixes – with other grasses, Brassicas, or Legumes, in order to achieve multiple objectives.