An ideal catch crop for rotations containing Oilseed Rape or Roots Crops. This rapidly establishing Bristle Oat (Avena strigosa) plays a valuable role in improving soil health, reducing soil erosion and in producing good yields of biomass for use as silage or in AD plants. Once widely used for grain production before the introduction of modern varieties, Saia (Bristle) Oats are now making a comeback as farmers realise the significant benefits that can be obtained by including them in the rotations.
PRATEX Saia Oat
Developed by SAATEN UNIONS specialist breeding team at PH PETERSEN, PRATEX is a modern variety developed specifically for use as a catch crop. Suitable for all soil types, especially light or sandy soils, PRATEX has a very rapid initial development, faster than ryegrass. The plant itself is very leafy and tall (approx. 160cms.) and produces a high yield of organic matter that is ideal for use as silage or in biogas production. PRATEX typically requires only 40-80 kgs./ha N and is NOT usually winter hardy.
1. Soil Health
PRATEX can help control Tobacco Rattle Virus (TRV), Root Lesion Nematode and Stubby Root Nematodes which can cause dramatic damage in potato and vegetable crops. Including PRATEX in the rotation can also help with the control of “Take All” in cereal rotations.
2. Forage Production
Sown onto fallow ground in the spring, or following main crops in the summer,PRATEX's rapid growth habit produces good yields of biomass for us as silage or for use in AD plants.
3. Erosion Control
Ideal for light of sandy soils, PRATEX's rapid establishment and growth produces good root networks and ground cover that can significantly reduce the risk of soil erosion.
Any time from April through to September. The crop is NOT usually winter hardy and should only be sown once the risk of frosts has passed.
This will vary depending on the use the crop is being sown for. For Nematode Control typically 80-120 kg/ha, for erosion control 25-50 kg./ha and for forage production between 50-125 kg/ha. On lighter soil types higher seed rates may need to be used.
Typically PRATEX should be drilled to a depth of 2-4 cms into a good seed bed.