Our Oat Growing Advantages

Southland is among the top three oat growing regions in the world for yield and quality.


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Large area of productive land available

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Oat plant breeding know-how.

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Ideal climatic conditions for growing oats

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Long history of oat growing

Research Based Decision Making

Here in Southland we have invested into understanding our soil with extensive studies into soils and what crop grows best where. This is a key contribution to minimizing our environmental footprint.

1997-2004
Topo Climate Data Sheets

Research undertaken to understand soil types and what crops grow best where. Information sheets are designed to inform Southland people about the properties and sustainable land use potential of the soils in their region.

1998-2009
Crops of Southland

Data Sheets published for approx. 30 alternative crops considered to have the potential for commercial production in Southland. many of these had been grown for demonstration or research purposes at the New Crop Centre in Invercargill.

2016-2020
Radiometric data

This was gathered to further understand soil types. This method measured nutrients in the soil as well as elemental traces to a depth of 700mm.

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Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of land-based ecosystems, including restoring terrestrial and fresh water ecosystems. Oats contribute to this goal by reducing nitrate leaching by up to 30%. And at Functional Foods, we will be working to contributing to the local efforts to restore fresh water ecosystems, both directly and indirectly.

Ideal Climatic Conditions

Significant areas of the Southland and Otago regions are ideal for growing oats, with versatile soils, high summer rainfall, high sunshine hours and a long growing season contributing to the production of exceptionally good oats and high yields.

Oats are an attractive crop as part of a rotational farming system. They are an ideal low input (water and fertiliser) crop and can be used as a catch crop to reduce nitrate leaching or a cover crop providing soil benefits and weed suppression between other crops or as time in pasture.

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