OAT VARIETIES MONICO - Monico is a selection from the cross 83Ab3119/Monida utilizing a modified bulk selection program. Monico is an early to midseason, relatively tall spring oat with good yield potential and excellent test weight. Juvenile plant growth is erect and immature foliage is blue-green in color. Panicles are equilateral and spreading. Leaf sheath, leaf margins, and culm internodes are glabrous. Kernels of Monico are typically plump, mid-long, creamy-white cream and similar to those of Otana, Cayuse, and Monida. Monico has yields similar to Maverick and Monida with a test weight equal to Otana.
MONIDA - Developed from the cross of ‘Otana’/’Cayuse’ and released in 1984 cooperatively by the Agricultural Experiment Station. The kernels are creamy-white in color and similar to Otana. Monida has produced high yields in Montana trials. It is superior to Cayuse and Border in test weight and somewhat less than Otana. Monida is susceptible to crown rust and prevalent races of stem rust.
OTANA - Developed from a cross of CI5345/’Zanster’ by the Agricultural Research Service, Idaho and jointly released with the Montana Agricultural Experiment Stations in 1976. It is a relatively tall oat with dark or blue green foliage. Otana has lower yields, similar test weight, heads approximately one day later, and is taller than Monico. Otana has moderate resistance to lodging and produces plump, short, white kernels.
* Information provided courtesy of Montana State University Agricultural Experiment Station.