Wild Oats

Wild oats are a problematic weed for UK farmers. Achieving as high a level of control is essential as wild oats are more competitive than black grass and their seeds can remain in the seedbank for longer. Effective control strategies also reduce the risk of herbicide resistance developing. Take a look at the information below to find out more.

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Understanding which of the two species of wild oats you’re dealing with on farm is crucial to planning your control strategy.

Find out how to identify different species of wild oats

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Harry Fordham, Application Specialist, considers the challenges associated with wild oat control.  Timing of application and application techniques are key to increasing control of this yield robbing weed.

Tim Scott, the farmer of our Barton Innovation Centre site, discusses the problems of controlling wild oats.  He recommends hitting wild oats when they’re small to give you the best chance of control.  Watch his video for more application advice.

Tim Scott’s thoughts on controlling wild oats


  1. Map wild oats in your field to monitor control over several seasons
  2. Identify the species of wild oat on your farm
  3. Plan your control strategy taking into account likely germination patterns
  4. Test for resistance if poor control is seen