Instead of a “to do” list…

How about a "Ta-da!" list? Let’s start with some actual “to do” items first, though.

Our next “Speaking of Oats…” (SOO) webinar will feature Weikai Yan of Ottawa RDC, AAFC, speaking about "Mega-environment analysis and breeding for mega-environment specific oat cultivars for Canada." This webinar will be held at 11 am EDT (UDT -4) on Thursday, March 17th. You can register here, and please be careful of the time – North American clocks go forward the weekend before the seminar!

The video of Allan Rattey’s SOO talk concerning oat breeding in Australia has now been posted to YouTube. Thank you so much for a very interesting talk, Allan!

You can find all of the talks on the Stakman-Borlaug Center YouTube page. They are also listed on the "Speaking of Oats…" page in the newsletter, and in the "Research Reports" sections for each year, starting with 2020.

The "Research Reports" page for volume 59 (2022) of the newsletter has just been added. You can send any sort of science-based report for inclusion there, including plain-language summaries of peer-reviewed articles. All submissions are vetted by two people before being posted.

This year, I expect that many people will be summarizing their work for presentation at the 11th International Oat Conference in Australia. Please remember that abstracts are due March 31st – that’s the end of this month! To keep abreast of what’s going on with the conference, you can sign up to receive conference updates.

For those of you with work ready to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, be aware that there are three new MDPI special issues that are now accepting submissions:

If you'd rather just share some opinions, the "Healthy Oats" project (@OatsHealthy on Twitter), led by Fiona Doohan of UC Dublin, is conducting a consumer survey regarding oat products. You can participate by going here.

Some of you might also like to weigh in regarding this question from Georgie Troup: are there any traits specifically useful for the production of oat milk? You can contact her directly or via the newsletter (

Let’s move on to our "Ta-da!" list of news articles now:

Phew. That's a long list! Many of the above items would have been included in a "Web Harvest" article, but I simply don’t have the time to put those together anymore. (If you'd like to help, just let me know!) Most of you, though, can access the same information and more by going to the @OatNewsletter page on Twitter or checking the linked Twitter feed at the bottom of the newsletter home page. Don’t forget that the calendar can be accessed there, too! New events are being added all the time.

I hope you're having your share of "Ta-da!" moments today!