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Black oats have been used in Tasmania for decades, particularly by horse owners who often referred to them as a "hot" oat.
As these strains were never properly maintained, they genetically drifted and hence resembled nothing like the original oat. One of the earliest varieties in use was called Douglas Haig. These were a tall Avena sativa species with very dark or black seeds. All strains were very susceptable to diseases especially smut.
Large uniform seeds from a number of strains of black oat still being used in Tasmania were selected as the starting point. These were subsequently selected for uniformity, particularily height and leafiness and especially for disease resistance.
Negrita is a spring oat ideally suited for chaff and grain and as a forage oat for quick feed.
Limited supplies available 2008. Full release 2009.
Negrita black oat seeds.
Negrita black oat seed production block.