Get the popcorn!

First, I’d like to thank everybody who’s been attending the “Speaking of Oats…” (SOO) webinars, as well as all the speakers we've had so far. If you haven’t been able to join us live, recordings of the seminars are available on the SOO page or (in a tidier format) in the Research Report sections for 2020 and 2021. The recording of January’s T3/Oat webinar is now available, along with a transcript of the Q. and A. session.

“Speaking of Oats…”, the new Oats Ireland Forum, and more

This is a reminder that the next “Speaking of Oats…” webinar, "GrainGenes: A Curated and Functional Global Web Resource for Small Grains" will be held Thursday, February 18th, at 11:00 am EST. It will be presented by Taner Sen (USDA-ARS, USA) and Victoria Blake (Montana State University, USA).

A number of new events have also been added to the calendar, including these two:

“Speaking of Oats…” this month: The T3 Database and Applications to Oats

The video recording from December's "Speaking of Oats..." (SOO) webinar is now available on YouTube.

Many thanks to Stephen Harrison, Mónica Mathias, and Liliana Wehrhahne for describing how and why oats are grown in Chile and Argentina, and how the International Oat Nursery works to help oat breeders there and around the world. Thank you also to Eric DeBlieck and Jim Bradeen for being our hosts.

Do reindeer like oats?

In last week’s “Speaking of Oats…” (SOO) webinar, Steve Harrison pointed out that white tailed deer quite like grazing on oats, and are, in fact, very picky about the variety they choose! The video from this talk, which features Steve, Monica Mathias, and Liliane Wehrhahne speaking about the International Oat Nursery, will be uploaded soon.

“Speaking of Oats…” in December: The International Oat Nursery

The video from November’s “Speaking of Oats…” (SOO) webinar is now available on YouTube.

Many thanks to Gordon Harrison and Dale Nellor for their insights into the work done by the Canadian National Milling Association (CNMA) and the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA). Thank you also to Tom Rabaey, Pat Ouimet, and Jim Bradeen, who represented Oat Global, and to Grant Czadzeck, from the UMN communications team.

The word of the day is "Collaboration"

Some people love to collaborate and share ideas, and one of those people was Vern Burrows, former oat breeder at AAFC. I am sorry to tell you that Vern passed away on November 8th, in his 91st year. An article celebrating his life can be found in the "Hall of Fame" section under "Obituaries". You can also read the obituary published in the Ottawa Citizen.

Happy National Oatmeal Day!

Well, if you’re American, anyway! October 29th marks National Oatmeal Day every year in the USA. World Porridge Day was on the 10th of October, which is when the Golden Spurtle porridge championships were held (virtually, this time). The winner was Chris Young, from Scotland, and you can find the winning recipes here.