Forage Oats Plus

Seed Type: Annual -

fall planting designed for

fall/winter food source

Soil Type Required: Sandy

to heavy bottom land, loamy

to heavy soils are best

pH Level Required: 6.0 to 7.5

Sunlight Required: 4 to 6

hours of broken, filtered or

direct sunlight

Seeding Rate: 45 lbs. per 1/2 acre

Seeding Depth: 1” no deeper

than 1.5”

Equipment Required: Tillage

equipment needed to break

and smooth soil

The backbone of FORAGE OATS PLUS is “Whitetail Oats”, a high-sugar, cold-tolerant forage oat that is only available in Whitetail Institute products.  The Institute first learned of this oat variety years ago though one of its world-wide agriculture contacts.  The variety had been included university testing to compare how well different oat varieties performed as grain producers.  In order for oats to produce grain, though, they must mature and flower, and this variety had been grazed so heavily by deer that the university researchers had completely removed it from grain production testing and “shelved” it!

While the university had seen the variety’s exceptional attractiveness to deer as a negative to grain production, the Whitetail Institute was obviously intrigued and spent the next six years testing it as a deer forage under real-world conditions at its certified research stations across North America.  Those tests not only proved the variety’s extreme attractiveness to deer because of its high sugar content but also led to the discovery that the variety is winter-hardy, another excellent trait for a deer-forage planting.  As a result, the Institute appropriately named the variety “Whitetail Oats”.  Small amounts of winter wheat and triticale are also included in FORAGE OATS PLUS to enhance winter-hardiness even further. 

FORAGE OATS PLUS is designed to thrive in a wide range of soil types, from slightly sandy to heavy bottomland.  Loamy to heavy soils are best.  One 45-pound bag of FORAGE OATS PLUS will plant up to ½ acre. 

If you’ve been looking for a Fall/Winter forage that is that is easy to plant, establishes very quickly, begins drawing deer right away and holds them on your property longer into the cold winter months, FORAGE OATS PLUS is what you’ve been waiting for.