oat plant, like wheat, is an annual grass with kinds and varieties
adapted either to fall Planting and midsummer harvest or spring
planting and late summer harvest.
In general, over wintering kinds
are grown where winter climates are mild as throughout the Cotton
Belt and in the western portions of the Pacific States. Spring
seeding is generally practiced in other areas.
It is in flower from
June to July, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The
flowers are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are
pollinated by Wind.
The plant is self-fertile.
The plant prefers light sandy, medium loamy and heavy clay
soils, requires well drained soil and can grow in heavy clay and
nutritionally poor soils.
The seed ripens in the latter half of summer and, when harvested and
dried, can store for several years. It has a floury texture and a
mild, somewhat creamy flavour. It can be used as a staple food crop
in either savoury or sweet dishes
Rye, Olive Trees,