Fielding questions….

Field days are a big part of oat research, even if some of them have to be held virtually these days. Looking forward to the OAT2022 (11th IOC) meeting next year in Australia, there will be a field day, but please note that no additional seed can be sent for inclusion in the trials. This is because of Australia’s strict quarantine regulations.

Moving in, moving up, and moving on

Life is motion, and we always hope for better things to come. It is with sadness, however, that I tell you of the passing of Herb Ohm. Herb was a plant breeder and geneticist at Purdue University in Indiana, USA, for 41 years! More information concerning his life and work can be found in his obituary in the "Hall of Fame" section.

Three other articles have also been added to the "Hall of Fame". These announce the retirements of Christian Azar, George Fedak, and Pamela Zwer. Åsmund Bjørnstad and Trond Buraas have also retired recently.

April Showers

When it rains, it pours and there is a lot of information in this update!

Wet conditions, of course, help spread disease, so let’s begin with a reminder that Oluseyi Fajolu at the Cereal Disease lab in St. Paul, MN, is eagerly awaiting this season’s rust samples!

Oluseyi’s request is posted in the "Community News" section, as is the first of the following announcements regarding new positions:

An important message regarding the International Oat Conference

The following message is from Catherine Howarth and Nick Tinker:

"Dear International Oat Community,

As co-chairs of the International Oat Conference (IOC) Committee, we (Catherine Howarth and Nick Tinker) are reaching out to you to update you and request your input.  This will be a long but important message, so we ask you to read it carefully.

(An Oat Newsletter update example) April events galore!

(The text below is from an email sent to subscribers on 29 Mar 2021 - you can subscribe to updates at any time by sending an email to

"Dear Oat Workers and Friends,

Happy Passover and Happy Holi to everyone celebrating those events!

Below are oat-related events of potential interest in April (well, one starts in March), all of which can be found on the Oat Newsletter calendar (

“Speaking of Oats…” this week: The USDA-ARS Oat Grand Challenge

The next “Speaking of Oats…” (SOO) webinar, presented by Oat Global, will be held this Thursday, March 18th, at 11:00 am Eastern time (Canada/USA). Please note that most of North America has now switched to Daylight Savings Time.

José Costa (USDA-ARS Crop Production and Protection National Program Leader) and the members of his team will talk to us about “The USDA-ARS Oat Grand Challenge”: