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Forage Cereal Crops

Forage cereals are a very reliable option for prolific winter/spring forage. Most forage cereals will prefer soils of a well drained nature and will not perform where periodical water-logging will occur. Oats/Barley and Triticale are the most commonly used forage varieties and can be grazed early prior to being shut up for hay or silage. Grazing the forage crop early will usually mean a reduced hay/silage cut so if you are aiming to maximise your hay/silage yields grazing may not be advisable.

Seeding Rates 80 – 120 kg / ha




Early/Mid Dwarf oat type, often mixed with taller types to maintain quality all the way through canopy. Will sacrifice quantity for quality forage. Still accepted as a milling oat.


Early/Mid Sacrifices quantity for quality hay produce, resistant to leaf rust, similar grain quality and quantity to Wintaroo with higher protein


Mid Good early vigour, resistant to stem rust, excellent hay colour and resists brown leaf at hay cutting, yields slightly less for hay production compared to Wintaroo but is higher quality


Mid Benchmark for grazing oats in strong or marginal country. Small black oat and can be sown at ½ the rate of regular oats. Cockatoo & Galah proof!!


Mid Benchmark for hay production. Makes excellent early season growth, but don’t overgraze if hay production is main objective. Offers good value for money!


Mid/Late Broad spectrum of disease resistance. Only variety with resistance to red leather leaf disease. Higher quality hay and feed grain.

Genie Oats

Very Late Rapid establishment, high yielding late season specialist hay variety. Genie can be sown as early as mid February if irrigation is available.


Late Tall variety, offers flexibility with cutting times. Excellent disease resistance profile. High crude protein and digestibility.


Very Late Very high quality hay variety, excellent early vigour and foliar disease resistance, moderate-tall variety, better suited to high rainfall and irrigated areas.



Early Usually earliest to first grazing. Short growing season. Good option if hoping to go from winter forage to a summer fodder crop to maximise production.


Early White seeded rapid establishing variety. Exhibits good cold season production. Awnless variety and high yielding.


Mid Proven performer, offers excellent value for money for cheap grazing, hay or silage. No certification on Cape, however seed crops are inspected to ensure crops are free of weeds.


Mid/Late High yielding malt barley, excellent all round disease resistance, very high quality grain.

Dictator 2

Late Awnless, Black Seeded high quality forage barley. Very reliable winter producer with excellent regrowth after grazing.



Late Red grain, dual purpose, long season winter wheat variety, ideally sown early for autumn grazing, potential for high grain yields if season holds on.


Late White grain, long season winter wheat, dual purpose with high forage and grain yield potential, feed quality grain. Can be sown very early if irrigation is an option, Feb!!!



Mid Grain produce variety, reliable yield and quality. Fully awned, moderate to good rust resistance.


Mid Tall growth habit. Reduced awns which is favoured for hay cutting however has shown superior grain yields in high rainfall or irrigated areas.


Mid/Late Dual purpose variety, tall and high tillering, reduced awns, good resistance to rust and CCN.

Crackerjack 2

Late High yielding forage and seed variety. Crackerjack has been used as a high quality producer of bulk whole crop silage. Excellent regrowth potential.