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Wild oats

Observed: 11th July 2011 By: Ann BaughanAnn Baughan’s reputation in PlantsAnn Baughan’s reputation in PlantsAnn Baughan’s reputation in PlantsAnn Baughan’s reputation in Plants
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On the bank of the canal

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anonymous spotter's picture

Have you been sowing -

wild oats? ;-)

Ann Baughan's picture

That's for me to know. Is

That's for me to know. Is This what they are-Oats?

Norwichnaturalist's picture

Wild Oats

yes Wild Oats.

Colin Jacobs.
Wild Flower Society member

anonymous spotter's picture

Wild Oats -

I meant to add a note - if you aren't familiar with this species. Wild oats are not the same as the cultivated species (A. sativa). A fatua is the commonest of several wild species.
In the late sixties (when I last had any involvement in agriculture), wild oat was seen as a very serious problem, as it was so similar to cultivated cereals that it couldn't be controlled by herbicides, which were becoming widely used to eradicate most other arable weeds.
The herbicides largely replaced manual labour, but I remember seeing the same chap every year, a vagrant who made himself a few quid by hand-roguing the wild oats out of large acreages of cereals near where I lived. Once the harvest started, he disappeared for another year.