Practical Farmers of Iowa: Growing High-Quality Food-Grade Oats (virtual)

This Zoom call will be held Tuesday, August 11th, from 1-2 pm, CDT.

Hosts: A.J. and Kellie Blair

"A.J. will share insights from two years of adding food-grade oats to a corn-soy rotation. He’ll discuss variety selection and seeding; cover crops; making decisions about herbicides and fungicides; harvest and storage of grain and straw; and benefits and challenges he’s experienced. A.J. will also discuss on-farm research he has conducted aimed at optimizing fertilizer rates in corn following oats and a green manure, and in oats to maximize oat yield and minimize lodging.

The Farm: Fourth-generation farmers A.J. and Kellie Blair are lifetime members of PFI who farm full-time near Dayton, Iowa, with their two children. As part of their mission to be good stewards of the land, the Blairs operate a diversified farm consisting of soybeans, corn, rye, alfalfa, oats, cattle and pigs."


  • Oat seeding and variety selection
  • Herbicide and fungicide decision-making
  • Cover crops
  • Grain harvest and straw baling: equipment, scouting, reaching test weight, storage
  • On-farm research: optimizing N rates in oats and corn

Format: Virtual Field Day

Platform: Zoom

(See link for registration details)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020