How to Grow Oats



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Days to germination: 7 to 20 days
Days to harvest: Full season
Light requirements: Full sun
Water requirements: Frequent watering
Soil: Well-drained
Container: Not suitable

Introduction

There are a few different varieties of oats available, with the 2 most popular being white oats and red oats. White oats are grown more in the northern areas, whereas red oats are grown in warmer areas with mild winters.

For anyone growing oats on a small scale, hull-less oats are ideal because they need a lot less processing after harvest time. Having to mill the oats to remove the hulls is usually beyond the scope of the average gardener, so look for hull-less oats.

Though oats and other small grains are definitely suitable for the home gardeners, you will need to have more space for them than you do for other fruits or vegetables. But that doesn’t mean you need acres to dedicate to your oats in order to get a useful crop.

Oats are a good source of fiber, protein and carbohydrates. Oats cannot be eaten raw, and they can take a while to cook when used whole. Rolled or cut oats will cook faster. They can be used in granola, baked goods or just plain as oatmeal. In savory recipes, you can even use whole oats in place of rice though they take longer to cook.

Starting from Seed

Your average garden center may not carry oat seed, so you might have to find a local agricultural store or farming co-op. Tell them how much space you are going to plant, and they should be able to tell you how many pounds of seed you will need.

Oats should be planted as early in the spring as you can get them out. To help reduce the weed levels in your field, you should try to do a cultivation in the fall, to bring up any seeds to the surface for the winter cold to kill. Dig again in the spring closer to when you’re going to do your planting.

You should plant your oats in a sunny location where it will be easy to access water for them. Oats need more water than most other grains, and you will probably have to water them if there are too many days between rainstorms.

Though they like moisture, oats will not grow well in low-lying areas where water accumulates. The soil needs to be well draining.

To sow your seeds, you just broadcast them out over the soil. For a small area (like a quarter acre or less), you can just do it by hand. Try to get the seeds evenly distributed. If you are going to be growing a larger area, you can get tools to help you spread the seeds. It saves your arm and will spread them more evenly.

Unfortunately, you will also have to go and cover all that seed once you’re done. If you leave it all on the surface, you will surely lose most of it to the birds. Go over the entire area with a rake and turn over the soil to get the seeds at least an inch under the surface. One trick is to do your seeding right before an expected heavy rain. The water will beat the seeds into the wet soil, and do a pretty good job of covering without any more effort on your part.

Growing Instructions

Though they may seem like a lot of work to process (see below) there is little work to be done during the growing season. Because oats are grown in a dense patch, you can’t really get in to weed them and the plants generally need little care.

You will need to give them a watering when the weather gets dry, which can be difficult if you are growing a large patch of them. But they don’t do well in dry conditions, so either you water your oats or risk losing them.

Pests and Disease

Other than birds and rodents stealing your grain, there are few pests to worry about when growing oats.

There are some rust fungi that can attack oats, particularly if the weather is very humid. You will see patches or streaks of rust on the leaves and stalks of your oats. There are fungicide products you can use, as long as you aren’t spraying right before harvest time.

Harvest and Storage

Oats will be between 2 and 5 feet tall when they are mature. The leaves should be starting to turn brown, and the oat kernels should be in what is called the “dough” stage. When you squeeze a kernel, there should be no milky fluid left (its still in the milk stage then). The kernels should be soft, and can be dented with a fingernail. If you wait until they are hard (also called “dead ripe”, you will likely lose a lot of grain with all the handling during harvest.

To harvest your oats, just cut the seed heads from the stalks. You can cut the stalks anywhere along the length, but the higher up you cut, the less straw you’ll have to deal with when you are threshing. A sharp knife or garden sickle will work fine.

Once the seed heads are harvested, you need to let them cure. How long this takes will really depend on the weather, and it can be several days to several weeks. Store your cut oats outside if it’s not expecting to rain, or indoors where it is warm and dry. When the kernels are dead ripe, you can start to thresh out the oats.

Spread out a sheet, and use whatever means you wish to beat the seed heads until all the oats are loose from the stalks. You can stomp on them (but cover with another sheet if you do this), or use something like a plastic baseball bat or a short length of stiff garden hose. Once all the seed heads have been crushed, you just need to separate the oats from the left over pieces of stalk (called the chaff).

The traditional way to do this, is to drop handfuls of the oats and chaff from several feet up into a bowl or bucket on a windy day. The wind blows out the loose chaff, and only the oats remain in the bucket.

You can get up to 10 bushels of finished grain from just a quarter-acre field.

Store whole oats in an air-tight container away from the light. They should last up to 3 months. Their high-fat content keep oats from storing longer, and they will go rancid.

102 Responses to “How to Grow Oats”

  1. Reba Jensen  Says:

    Wow, I am really disappointed in some of theses comments. I have a friend whose son has a deadly allergy to wheat. Deadly, as in he has been in the emergency room multiple times and they came close to losing him because he accidentally ingested a small amount of wheat. As a result, his mother has to ask a lot of questions at restaurants, grocery stores, farmer’s markets, etc. To make sure her son doesn’t die. He is a star soccer player and 4.0 student headed to college next year. He’s made it this far. She would probably want to be very sure before she planted a stand of oats in her garden that they would be safe for her son. When it comes to someone’s health and life, there are no stupid questions.

  2. Lucy  Says:

    To the Admin-The fact that you have managed to keep your patience for so long is admirable! People have put words in your mouth and said you said things that you never did say and you’ve managed to keep quiet. THANK YOU for stating the facts!! If people cannot use common sense that is not your fault. Please keep writing!
    Oh btw to other past posters(usually the ones attacking the admin.)- Please stop using the term gluten-free oats. It doesn’t make you sound smart but rather dimwitted as oats are naturally gluten-free. I understand the worries about wheat berries being inadvertently mixed in but if you see a plant that doesn’t look like the rest of the oats. Pull. It. Out. A little common sense goes a long way.

  3. James  Says:

    Since everyone has something to say about what others have to say im gonna say thanks for the experience and the website.

    i like that their are so many perspectives on things like this.

    Thanks Earthlings, very informative.

  4. Geo  Says:

    Thank you for the information, I can’t wait to start trying them out.

  5. Pedro  Says:

    I had a good laugh reading through all those comments, I really did. If any of those people who have accused the admin of being mean, agressive, snarky, condescending or what else not would have actually read the his comments, and those other comments he was answering to, they certainly wouldn’t have accused him like they did.

    By just reading the replies criticising the admin one could believe that he was actually forcing wheat seeds down the throats of celiacs with a funnel.

  6. Justa Laughin'  Says:

    I visited this website hoping to learn something new on this fine New Year’s Day. I didn’t learn as much on this post as I had hoped, but, it was very informative and entertaining. The audacity of some people will never cease to amaze me. The administrator has shown great restraint and has my admiration. Instead of deleting irrelevant posts, he has allowed people to exercise their right of Freedom of Speech. Just because a number of people choose to beat a dead horse to “prove their case” does not mean they have a valid case.

    I will continue to visit this website because the information gained is worth wading through the babblings of self-absorbed people who believe their comments are relevant to the questioned. Unless the administrator gives incorrect information to the question as asked, it would be of greatest benefit to me save time in my research by not reading all the whiny comments posted by people of questionable intelligence.

  7. Ted  Says:

    Good blog. I’ve been looking to grow some of my own oats…

    After reading through this I thought it may be of benefit to throw my hat in given I’ve consulted in this area. First off, the admin did not say celiac disease was nonsense. What he said was that the notion of glutton free seed is nonsense, and it is. Companies that market these seeds to private gardeners as “glutton free” are playing on your fears. I can tell you first hand that this is a marketing decision. They could just as easily guarantee the yield of their seeds is 100% oat, but that doesn’t sell. They cover their backside by the fact that the claim is technically true, not because they did something special, but because they didn’t do something (i.e., include other seeds). It’s like Cheerios saying it lowers cholesterol. Indeed, your cholesterol will drop if you give up the eggs for it.

    Companies know you will pay a premium for your health and the health of those you love. However, in a private garden you would weed out anything you don’t want, including wheat. The fact that it is in the soil does not mean you’ve contaminated your soil or anything else (I’ve heard some serious misinformation being propagated about this to consumers). Contamination happens at production. This is why it’s a different story for large scale production. But this blog is not about large scale production.

    If you felt the admin was condescending then you’re too sensitive. His points were important because the companies that prey on people should be called out. So before the next person writes in to say that celiac is serious and they are offended, do us all a favor and stay on point. If you pay more for seeds that are “glutton free” and you are growing a private garden in the backyard then you are either (1) lazy or (2) uneducated. Either way, companies will tax you for both.

  8. mark  Says:

    Great thread.
    Educational and entertaining. Yay.
    Thank you all.

  9. Spenser  Says:

    Today our lawn service guy thought he was doing us a favor by blowing the leaves from a hard to reach area in the garden. Needless to say, just about all of the young oat sprouts are broken at the stem and leaf area.

    I’m curious to know if they will grow back or shall I cut my loses now. The entire area is about 5 weeks old.

    Thanks

  10. Misty  Says:

    HA! Admin was condescending, never responded to any of the other legitimate questions asked…some of which I was waiting to see what the answer would be, as well. It’s all good! He’s good at growing oats, but not good at communicating in a professional manner…oh well! The discussion would long be over if he only responded to the other legitimate questions. 🙂 I was going to grow my own oats, but seems like too much work. I can get my own Gluten Free (lol) oats at the store, for much less hassel. Thanks for the info, all!

  11. ER  Says:

    Thanks for the how-to of buying certified GF oats for planting, PC! Feel pretty dumb not being able to figure that out, but glad you mentioned it.

    I’m curious to hear if anyone else has experience with growing hull-less oats? I only recall reading one comment above saying they felt there was decreased yield. Can anyone weigh in on this? Or for those home gardeners growing regular oats, how do you harvest yours?

  12. KATHY  Says:

    I am growing a 6 acre field of oats mainly to help my soil. I have goats and BIG Shire horses that I was thinking of letting out into that field. I should cut the oats out first then let them eat the straw left?

  13. matthew kubien  Says:

    i have peanut allergies. does anyone know where i can get peanut free oat seeds with gluten

  14. matthew kubien  Says:

    and yes, i said i want oat seeds with gluten. seems like oat seeds tainted with gluten is a HUGE problem in this country so they must be easy to get.
    will i be able to make good bread with my gluten oats?

  15. Amy  Says:

    Just when you thought gardening was peaceful… enter internets… Thank you for making my brain scream for 15 minutes lol.
    Oh and thanks for teaching the how to on oats!

  16. Jennifer  Says:

    Is it just me, or is it really that difficult to figure out that if you have issues with what could possibly be in your seed (i.e. wheat) then you should bring the issue up with your seed supplier?? What does a garden blogger have to do with your seed supply?

  17. Jordan  Says:

    I have some “cat grass” growing in my garden, which has oats in it and I think the rest is barley, I’m gonna save all the seed from it to seed next year. How many plants/sq foot should oats be seeded at?

  18. Dan  Says:

    My favorite part was when one person suggested going to your doctor with your concerns about growing gluten free oats.. Priceless.

    20 minutes later.. I forget why I even came to this website. Oh right, to see the seed to harvest time to see if it was viable to grow a small patch (50×50 foot plot) for my family in Montana.. According to other sources this is more than enough to feed a family for a year. I will search further for processing to make it last said year.

  19. Captain Obvious  Says:

    I am quite annoyed as well with our politically correct society where everyone walks on eggshells. I also strongly dislike when people answer questions condescendingly. However, at the risk of sounding condescending myself, since people obviously are having a hard time seeing the truth right in front of them, I just wanted to point out that the reason the admin is getting flack for being condescending is because of a very small part of his first response where he wrote, “Uhh…” before stating what was obvious to him. Had he omitted that part of his response, all would probably be fine. Or if people had just ignored his condescending attitude instead of calling him out on it. I myself, find the information very….informative so I appreciate the post, but would probably feel anxiety about posing a question here for fear of sounding stupid with my ignorance. I know I would want to know if people were afraid to ask me questions, so that I could be a bit more approachable, so I thought I would share my opinion. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in your blog post.

  20. DJ  Says:

    I think there was confusion in the way the Celiac question was interpreted. The admin is talking about one seed not containing gluten, but someone concerned about gluten is not buying one seed. They are buying a pack/bag that could be contaminated with seed containing gluten. Certainly they could attempt to pick it/weed it from their garden, but why risk it? Why not buy from a source that ensures the seed pack is entirely free from gluten from the start? Seems a simple and legitimate concern and question not to be ridiculed.

  21. Tyrone  Says:

    Good information.

    By the way, I don’t think the administrator was being snarky or condescending. The seeds do not resemble each other greatly and the plants are also very dissimilar.

    Gardening and a little small scale farming is more than just more than just throwing some suff on the ground and expecting to be able to eat it a few months latter. To be honest my garden probably costs me more each year in time, effort, tools, and materials that what it produces but I do it because I enjoy it.

    Also, the

  22. Tyrone  Says:

    People who host and spend time moderating this site do it to share the joy if gardening…. Don’t kick a gift horse in the mouth… If you do not like what you see you can always go buy a book, with real money. The fees you pay your ISP have nothing to do with information you receive on these volunteer sites, that just give information away for the sake if sharing.

  23. Betmo  Says:

    Seriously people use google…this post is about growing and harvesting….the google is fantastic to locate seed growers of all kinds

  24. julie  Says:

    Thanks for this informative post. Admin: keep doing what you do.

  25. Wild Oats  Says:

    I came upon this website looking for information about buying bulk oat seeds to grow for my cat. Cat Grass. I had a good laugh reading about how the condesending Administrator was using wizardry and force feeding wheat seeds down the throats of celiacs with a funnel. I don’t care about growing oat seeds anymore. My cat needs gluten free fairy dust

  26. Brittmarie  Says:

    Wow, seriously, why has admin not just thrown these tards off this site? He answered your question and you obviously didn’t understand what he said. You can’t contaminate your own supply unless you’re a moron and do it yourself, duh!! Get off the site if you don’t like what he says, stop posting meaningless comments.

    Real question: What is a reasonable size for growing oats for a backyard plot? Basically what is a minimum? Like a quarter acre?

  27. Katie Murphy  Says:

    Hi, I wanted to add some constructive suggestions for the storage and longevity of oat seed. As with any other seed I can think of, the biggest enemies to seed are light, oxygen, and temperature changes. I’ve found some interesting ways to combat some of these elements in oats.

    First, if you are saving the seeds to grow next season (or to eat much later in the year), do not open the hulls. Opening the hulls exposes the inner components to oxygen, which interacts with enzymes to cause the grain to go rancid. Get yourself an air-tight, opaque container that is larger than the amount of seed you plan to store. Also, invest in a set of handwarmers. Tape a handwarmer to the inner lid of the container and add the seeds. Seal the container. The handwarmer will activate and eat the oxygen in the container, and then cease to cause heat when all the oxygen is consumed. Now, store the container in a cool place with as few fluctuations in temperature as possible. If your refrigerator is above 40 degrees, it can be stored in there. My garage refrigerator is half seed! You can plant the oat groat (unprocessed seed) and it should be very fruitful.

    As for food oats (and I am a GF girl myself), the container method (above) is good for processed oats as well, especially those you want to last more than a few months. But another good way to minimize oxidization of your oats is to steam them in the hulls before you open them. The process is to harvest, cure, steam, dry, de-hull. You CAN freeze food oats, since they do not need to produce future crops and you are not worried about damaging the life-giving structure of the seed. If you have a lot of humidity, you can add a dessicant pack to your container to keep the humidity low (tape it to the lid). The keys are low light, low oxygen, cool and dry location.

    Store your food oats in batches – short-term, use first; intermediate; next year. Then you aren’t exposing the long-term stuff to all the temperature, humidity and oxygen until you need to use it.

    That should keep you well-supplied!

    Also, if you are a back yard gardener looking for good seed that is 100% oat, you will pay a premium. For smaller pots of oat, you can successfully sort through your oat seeds. Do a search for images of white and red oat so you know what they look like and take out everything else before you even plant it. The seeds should stand out. Also, look up sanitizing your soil (essentially baking it in the sun) to get rid of soil contaminants and weeds, and you should be good to go.

  28. Niles Walter  Says:

    Just had a quick mention for this page.

    At the bottom, it says that whole oats will keep “for up to 3 months.” This site ( http://wholegrainscouncil.org/recipes/storing-whole-grains ) says that oats stored properly will last for up to 4 months normally, and up to 8 months frozen. Just thought that it might be important to note that it will last longer when frozen, and that freezing IS a viable storage solution, depending on your quantities.

  29. Ben  Says:

    I came here to see if there was information about harvesting and stumbled across this funny interaction about wheat vs. oats. I feel like I must add to the conversation that I have grown both in my garden(usually simultaneously in the same bed)and the plants do not resemble each other. Wheat has a narrow stem with the grain pointing up. Oats have a thick stem with the grain flopping over. If you have celiac disease and you plant oats, if you happen to have wheat growing in your garden, it will be really easy to spot. I sincerely believe you will easily notice if this happens and be able to remove the wheat plants; they will look so much different than the wheat plants.

  30. Ben  Says:

    oh, typo, I should have said: “I sincerely believe you will easily notice the wheat plans because they look so much different than the oat plans.”

  31. Sandee  Says:

    This was a good article. But right there in the article, it states that “Because oats are grown in a dense patch, you can’t really get in to weed them,” so it’s NOT so easy to pick out the odd wheat plant, is it? Especially in, like, a quarter-acre.

    I’ve bought small amounts of hulless oats for sprouting, for home-baked GF-bread, and let me tell you lots of times I’ve been picking out barley seeds and other things I didn’t recognize, and that is a real pain even for a single pound, I would NOT want to be doing that for a big batch of seed.

    I’ve found a great source of absolutely pure hulless oats is Montana Gluten Free Processors, I’m sure you can find them online. (Just saying’)

    — & it really was a good article, & I agree with the poster who said it was all in the “uhh..” & yeah, people with celiac can be overly sensitive because the looney-left has hijacked their disease and made it a joke, like when Seth Rogan in the beginning of The End claims “all carbs are gluten…. Everything that’s bad for you is gluten.” And then he goes and pigs out on fast-food hamburgers anyway. Makes celiacs a little nuts.

  32. Sandee  Says:

    Oh, sorry, my bad. I was in contact with the Montana GF people and it may be that they don’t release their seed to growers, except under contract. It’s trademarked.

    For the record, for safety THEY go into the fields and hand-rogue the grain TWICE, and still have all kinds of filters and tests after harvest to ensure the seeds are pure.

  33. blueclaudu  Says:

    Hi Everyone,
    I planted oat seed tonight. In the dark so the smart crows couldn’t see me do it. (that’s not really why I was planting at night, but the thought did cross my mind that it could help keep the crows from the seed).
    I have a question about raking in the seed. I raked, but still some of the seed showing on top. How do you cover all the seed?
    Because I didn’t want to leave the plot with seed showing, I put a very thin layer of straw over it. Did I destroy any chance of oats growing in my garden?
    Thanks for your thoughts!

  34. Michael B.  Says:

    Seems to me that Oats, if grown and collected as described here and then eaten raw, are paleo. Thoughts?

  35. edd  Says:

    Now then

    I’m not going to get involved in the GF debate just wondering how to store oat seeds for next year.

    Thanks

  36. Administrator  Says:

    I don’t think oats are paleo, my wife is into that and grains in general are no-nos, oats are a grain.

  37. 1st time growing oats  Says:

    This year was my first attempt at growing any kind of grain. I bought what was supposed to be hull-less oats. They got about 2 ft. tall. The plants got pretty dry before I had a chance to cut the grain off the stalks so it was definitely past the milky stage. There doesn’t seem to be anything inside those grains. Did I wait too long to cut them? Any idea what I did wrong?

    I love trying new things. Thank you for your time.

  38. Deborah  Says:

    I’m going to admit that I found this whole thing entertaining and laughed out loud at multiple comments. You all are hysterical!
    I plan on growing oats for the first time this spring but it sounds like the ones I bought a few months ago won’t last until then because I didn’t store them in a freezer. And for the person who asked, you grow 30 seeds per square foot.
    Thank you for the post Admin!

  39. jim williams  Says:

    Great site. Got a good laugh about beating a dead horse. Keep some seed as heirloom. With gene splice technology, you may have oats with gluten soon. Have you seen the glow in the dark pigs? Not kidding!!!! Unexpected consequence in an experiment!
    Plan to grow oats, 4 foot wide row about 200 feet long.Plan to harvest with a hedge trimmer.

    ARE OATS A PERENNIAL OR AN ANNUAL?

    Seems to me that as a grass it would be perennial.

  40. Tan  Says:

    OK, so I just bookmarked this site as unreliable information. A condescending attitude can really stop the respect people might have otherwise had for you.

  41. Administrator  Says:

    You bookmark sites you don’t like? This reminds me of something my children do (5 and 6 years old). One will come to the other and say “I’m ignoring you.” They don’t appreciate the irony.

  42. Malcolm Wright  Says:

    I too found the responses to the GF question off-kilter.

    Starting your response with “Uhh… all oats are gluten free”, is going to come across as if you thing the question is dumb. Its really that simple, and I think you should take on board the many comments made to you to this effect.

    Its all the more a shame that in the same breath, with the confidence of those stating the obvious, you actually gave false and potentially dangerous information. “Only wheat has gluten” is incorrect. Gluten is found in barley and rye as well.

    Anyway – its your blog, and you can admin with your own style.

  43. Administrator  Says:

    You mean rye wheat and barley wheat also have wheat gluten? Fascinating, plants in the wheat family all contain wheat gluten. Next you’ll tell me both crab apples and regular apples have pectin. Perhaps when someone says “wheat has gluten” they mean all forms of wheat? Possibly?

    It was a silly question born from a lack of knowledge, knowledge that a person suffering from a disease should possess. Of course “gluten free” has become trendy and vastly more people than those who suffer from celiac disease avoid it, possibly because they read some nonsense on a blog. It has gotten to the point where food marketers, some of the singularly most dishonest people, will sell you a gluten free carrot, as if this is somehow different from just a carrot. Like people who think vaccines cause autism or GMO crops will scramble their DNA. This blog is a nonsense free zone. I provide facts and information, not emotional therapy. If someone gets offended by someone saying “Uhh… all oats are gluten free” that person is going to have a hard time making it through life in such a constantly offended state, every trip out of the home or, dare I say, on social media, must be traumatic. There are far more horrible things in the world than someone pointing out the ridiculousness of asking if oats contain wheat gluten. If someone has gotten to the point where they’re avoiding gluten they should know these things about it, if not then they’re making health decisions without thorough information and that is dangerous, I see no need to sugar coat a response to an adult in such a situation.

  44. Jeana  Says:

    Hello from cold old England. I just happened upon this blog, just looking for info on oats. It’s the early hours and I can’t sleep…..I feel less inclined to sleep now because I am laughing so much.I hope I don’t wake up my husband.
    Great blog xx????

  45. Pepper Guy  Says:

    Hilarious. First of all, this was a very informative article, and I very much appreciated the step-by-step tutorial on growing oats. I’ve recently gone a bit nuts with the whole self-sufficiency thing and may try growing my own wheat and oats this next season. So, thanks for that.

    As for the intense controversy that followed, I know nothing about food allergies, GF, etc. My question, though, is that if one is so susceptible to certain foods, to the extent that it may be life threatening, why take the risk? Wouldn’t a person be better off getting their food from a reliable retail source? I’m not trying to fan the flames, just curious. I’m pretty sure most diabetics don’t make their own insulin.

  46. bob greenwood  Says:

    “Kudos” to the admin guy. The discussion (in my opinion) is straight forward, “how to grow oats”, not “how to be GF free”. I recently viewed a T.V. show, it turns out that some ingredients used in making artificial flavored vanilla happen to be extracted from a beavers butt,(pretty gross in my opinion), or that some “premium organic coffee’s” are specially retrieved by monkeys, who eat the beans, and then later the beans are extracted from feces ( in my opinion, “Ew!”) See these are facts (however I have an opinion) I can do 1 of 3 things. 1. Ignore the obvious and enjoy vanilla flavored coffee. 2. Avoid vanilla flavored coffee. 3. Be very careful of what vanilla coffee I drink. I cannot force my beliefs or disbelief’s on someone else and have a clear head about it. Raising questions about “GF” here is about as relevant to the subject “How to grow oats” as bringing in Beaver butt and monkey feces is.(in my opinion). However the admin responds (it is his opinion). The admin was not trying to solve the worlds problem ~ dare I say it? he’s not God. He was only giving a opinion.

  47. Brando  Says:

    Would someone please give me some real deatails on how to grow oats!!!!

  48. Administrator  Says:

    Sow them like other grains in rows following the spacing instructions on the package. Harvesting will be your tricky part, to separate the oat from the rest of the plant, and then of course you have an oat grain, which doesn’t resemble at all quaker oat meal (they cook and roll and then dry grains to make that).

  49. Virginia Menges  Says:

    I just wanted to give my support to the Admin. I don’t see anything in the admin’s comments that were rude or condesending. They were not fluffy. Maybe people with celiacs can’t tell the difference between answers without fluff and straight to the point, correct answers. Or maybe we really do live in a world where everyone gets offended at the slightest little thing. I challenge anyone that is attacking the admin to find me one singel oat seed with glutten. Until then shut up with the whining. Grow up! (In case you are can’t tell the difference. My post is condesending. The admin’s post are not.)

  50. Virginia Menges  Says:

    Oh and I also want to add that the last question in the post that started this debate was about what varities of oats are GF. This question show that the author of the post did not realize that ALL oats are gluten free and obviously didn’t know a lot about gluten. The admin picked up on this and went out of his/her way to explain WHY all oats are GF. For this he/she has been crusified by a bunch of whinny brats. Proof that no good dead goes unpunished.

  51. Brando  Says:

    hey virginia menges I was not disagreeing with you I just wanted to know how they are grown so back off.

  52. Michael B.  Says:

    The most entertaining thread on growing oats I have ever read. Can’t believe it all started on a quiet day in 2010. My wife and I had a good laugh, thanks admin and all “not offended” posters!

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