AMS-GD-2020-32 - Oats

  1. Are discolored oat groats caused by weathering or frost considering damage?

    No, current visual references/standards address discolorations associated with heating/respiration (O-2.0/3.0) and badly ground or weather conditions (O-1.0). Unless the discoloration of the groat meets the minimum criteria of one of these slides, the oat is considered sound.
  2. Do the U.S. Standards for Oats include Black Oats?

    ANSWER. No. The standards only cover the white, yellow, and red oats. As such, a sample of Black oats (Avena strigosa) would be certified “Not Standardized Grain.” If found in a sample of white or red oats, black oats function as Foreign Material.


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