Badger Oats

Badger is an early maturing variety. Badger is a yellow oat that has a very good groat percentage, high grain yield, good grain quality and excellent test weight. Badger has good Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus resistance and very good crown rust resistance.

Productivity: Excellent growth during cool to 80 degrees. Oats are the most productive cool season annual.

Soil Adaptation: pH range 6.0-7.0. Avoid extremely well drained soils and poorly drained soils.


  • Grain oats should be seeded early to avoid high heat during pollination and grain fill.
  • Adequate seed bed preparation is important, as are seeding rate and fertility.
  • Cut prior to boot stage for optimal quality. Quality will drop significantly with heading.
  • Always test small grain forages for nitrate levels before feeding, especially when grown in high nitrogen regimes.

Badger Oats Tech Sheet

Key Characteristics:

  • High yielding oat with high test weight. Our earliest maturing oat.


  • Grain: Excellent
  • Forage: Fair
  • Cover crop: Good
  • Best uses: Grain, Forage, and Cover Crops


  • Seeding Dates: Late winter to early spring. Late summer for fall forage and a winter kill cover crop.
  • Seeding Rate: 95-130lbs/Acre (3-4Bu/ Acre)
  • Large Seed Box Required
  • Seeding Depth: 3/4” to 1 1/2”
  • Speed: Establishes quickly