Reeves Oats

An early-medium maturity, high yielding oat variety. This South Dakota bred oat is a medium-tall oat. For forage, it is best suited for late summer to fall seeding, as it gives fast fall forage growth but is also an excellent choice for a fast spring harvest.


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 dried soils and poorly drained soils.


  • 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.

Reeves Oats Tech Sheet

At A Glance

  • Early-medium maturity oat.


  • Grain, Forage, Cover Crops, and Food Plots.
    • Grain: Good
    • Forage: Excellent late summer var. Cover
    • Crop: Excellent
    • Dry Hay: Poor
    • Haylage/Balage: Excellent Management Intensive
    • Grazing: Good during fall and spring.


  • Planting 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) 80-100lbs/Acre for cover crop Large Seed Box Required
  • Seeding Depth: 3/4” to 1 1/2” Speed: Rapid