Scientific Name: Avena sativa
Life Cycle: Cool Season Annual
Growth Habit: Upright
Preferred Soil pH: 6.0-7.0 Min.
Germination Temp.: 38F
Upright cool season annual that grows 2-5 feet tall. Has fibrous roots; hollow, straight stems; and narrow tapered leaves. Winter oat types are the least winter hardy of all the small grains, are not widely available, and require vernalization to head and produce seeds.
For more region specific information, each cover crop species can be found in the cover crop decision tool by name.
Oats: Managing Cover Crops Profitably (SARE Handbook Series Book 9) by Andy Clark (2007, 3rd ed.)