Selection of barley and oat varieties is important to growers of these small grains. Tests are conducted across Kentucky by the University of Kentucky Agronomy Department to determine yield, winter hardiness, disease resistance, standability, and other characteristics important to efficient production. Planting dates are more important for these two crops than for wheat and rye because of winter freeze damage. The best planting dates for barley and oats run from September 1 to September 20. Later plantings are made in Kentucky but are subject to more damage from cold weather. Increased planting rates in barley tend to improve yield in case of delayed seeding.
Phillips, S. H., "Barley - Oat Varieties, 1963" (1963). Agronomy Notes. 148.