EverLeaf is a spring oat with dark foliage, an erect growth habit, and good standability. EverLeaf has leaves that actually extend above the canopy at the heading. EverLeaf is a delayed heading oat, and much of its forage mass and quality come from its extended maturity. Since the plant is naturally vegetative for a longer period, biomass accumulation can be extraordinary (assuming adequate moisture and fertility). EverLeaf has a compact panicle that offers an attractive product when baled. Rust has adapted to conventional forage oats in many production areas and is a significant impediment to quality and tonnage. EverLeaf has excellent resistance to rust and most other leaf and stem diseases, with the exception of Red Leaf (Barley Yellow Dwarf, a virus vectored by aphids). Seed (reddish in appearance) count averages 13,000 seeds per pound.
Kona is a traditional type of oat (white seeded) that can be expected to out-produce other traditional types commonly used for forage (e.g. Morton). Kona produces dense foliage with a striking dark green color. Compared to EverLeaf, Kona offers these advantages: 1) Kona has demonstrated Barley Yellow Dwarf (Red Leaf) virus resistance in addition to tolerance to crown rust; 2) Kona is earlier maturing (comparable to Morton); 3) Kona has proven itself to be more durable and productive under stress conditions, yet remains competitive in higher yield environments.