Promoting Canadian Oats

Final Report for Agricultural Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) Program

Lana Shaw, Garry Hnatowich, Jessica Pratchler, Robin Lokken, and Chris Holzapfel, Brian Nybo

An oat-pea intercrop may be planted as a grain crop and local evaluation of seeding rates is needed to asses crop value, agronomic characteristics, and flexibility for end use. A combination of pea and oat may have higher LER and crop value than either monocrop on their own. Also, grain intercrops may improve agronomic characteristics of pea by reducing or mitigating lodging, disease, and insect damage. This project investigated the effect of varying the oat seeding rate as a companion crop with pea to determine whether there is a consistent optimum balance of the two crops.

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The Effect of Pre-harvest Glyphosate on Quality of Milling Oats

Reporting Period: Final Report: May 1, 2016 to December 1, 2019
Dr. Chris Willenborg, Dr. Nancy Ames, Eric Johnson, Moria Kurtenbach, Sid Darras

Applying glyphosate or swathing at or above 50% SMC has negative effects on seed quality and therefore end use capabilities. When treatments were swathed at or above 60%, there is a risk that beta-glucan levels can drop below 3%, the percentage groat will decline, which ultimately impacts milling yield and increases the amount of wastage during the milling process. Compared to direct combining without glyphosate, there appears to be no effect on oat quality when glyphosate is applied ≤40% SMC. Across all site years, oat cultivar did not have as much of an impact as the other two factors (i.e. seeding rate and harvest method) did. Increasing seeding rates resulted in a reduction in SMC at harvest, lower TKWs, and softer groats. Overall Pinnacle was less affected by changes in harvest method in regards to percent plump and thin kernels. CDC Dancer had an increase in thin kernels and a decrease in plump kernels when plots were swathed. Using glyphosate as a harvest method has no more of a negative impact than swathing on oat yield or seed quality, regardless of seeding rate or cultivar used. It is plausible that pre-harvest glyphosate had a greater impact on perennial weed control than in-season herbicides used. Dandelion populations were generally higher when a post-emergent herbicide was used alone. View the PDF below for final report.

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Agriculture in the Classroom - Oats for Breakfast

The goal of the project was to promote oats as a healthy food choice, to support nutrition programs in high needs schools and increase awareness of agriculture education programming. A total of 2001 students, 114 staff members and 53 community members participated in the Oats for Breakfast events. View the PDF below for final report.

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Product Development from Gluten Free Oat Fractions

One of the project’s primary goals is to demonstrate how the unique functionalities of oats can be used to improve existing products or develop innovative products that can be commercialized.

Increase The Oat Acres In Alberta By Finding A High Yielding Oat Variety That Maximizes Producer Income And Meets The Demands Of The Millers

This study was a continuous effort to collect data on 11 milling variety oats and 4 feed oat varieties in Central and Northern Alberta. The goal was to determine how variety and growing location will influence the yield and functional property attributes linked to beta-glucan levels of the oats. View the PDF below for final (2019) results.

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A Multi-Year Survey of Mycotoxins and Ergosterol in Canadian Oats

Authors: Sheryl A. Tittlemier, Richard Blagden, Jason Chan, Mike Roscoe, Kerri Pleskach

This project was a collaborative venture with funding contributed by the Canadian Grain Commission, the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, and the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward 2 bi-lateral agreement.

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Oat Opportunities in CPTPP Countries and China

The Government of Saskatchewan, The Government of Manitoba, The Government of Canada and POGA combined efforts in this report to look at barriers to entry and opportunities for oats in Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) countries as well as China.

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