Product Used: Outback Forage Oats
Outback oats have showed good potential as a chaff option for Ken and Phil Bauer of Biloela in central Queensland. Ken Bauer said they grew hay for chaff, which was made on the property and aimed at the premium horse market. Last season some 47 acres of Outback oats were sown in mid-April and performed well by producing 545 large round bales from the area. Mr Bauer said the yield was equivalent to a bit over 3 tonnes per acre with the oats performing well under the dryland situation. He said they had 30 frosts over the winter and the Outback oats continued to grow well through the cooler conditions. “It didn’t look back – at cutting it was five feet tall,” he said. The Outback had a good establishment, stood well and was very erect, making it an ideal option for making chaff. “We were very happy with the chaff from it,” Mr Bauer said. The Outback oats were grown out to when they were first starting to throw their heads out and cut shortly afterwards. Mr Bauer said a neighbour planted Outback oats later in the season and it also performed well as a hay option.
Ken Bauer, Biloela, Queensland