Esker is a high yielding oat variety developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Esker is a mid-season maturity oat that heads about 1 day later than Moraine and about 3 days earlier than Drumlin. In 19 statewide trials (7 locations, 2002-04), Esker had high average grain yields, over 150 bu. Has shown good resistance to crown rust. Esker Oats was the first to break the 20 bu/A in Wisconsin.
- The best for grains
- Tremendous yielder
- 20-30 bushels higher than Jerry
- High test weight
Esker Oats are an excellent spring-planted forage crop. We have tested oats extensively to ensure that the forage varieties we offer have good disease resistance, as well as excellent quality.
Seeding rates are 2 to 3 bu per acre. Seed should be placed in a firm seedbed 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep. In the case of a nurse crop, the rate should be reduced to 30 lbs per acre for grass and 50 lbs per acre for alfalfa.
Esker Oats work the best in a balage/haylage management system; however they can work well in a strip grazing system. They adapt well to the wet soils, and can be used as a nurse crop for alfalfa when necessary.
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