Gehl Hull-less Oats Facts 2019
In 2019, Gehl Hull-less Oats were grown in Independence Township on 5.14 acres on the farm known as “Pleasant View Farm.” This farm was established in 1824 by J.M Welsh. Welsh is listed in the Caldwell Atlas as a farmer, grain, stock and wool grower. The farm was dormant for many years; however since 2006, organic grains and hay were grown on this farm. Weatherbury Farm has farmed this land since 2017. The farm has been certified organic since 2006.
The oats were planted on April 4, 2019.
Clover was inter-seeded on the oats field after the oats were planted on April 4,2019. (The clover suppresses weeds, aids in holding up the oats and eventually will be next year’s hay crop. In our crop rotation, hay follows oats.)
The oats were harvested on July 19, 2019.
At the 2019 Washington County Fair, the sheaf of Gehl Oats won 3rd place and the jar of Gehl Oats won 1st place.
For an illustrated explanation of how Weatherbury grains become flour (and how Gehl hull-less Oats become rolled oats), visit the from seed to flour page.
More information on Gehl Hull-less Oats below the pictures!
Preparing the field to plant Gehl Oats. Farmer Nigel is plowing, followed by Farmer Dale who is smoothing the field with a power harrow.
The seed drill used to plant the oats is proceeded by a power harrow to produce the ultimate growing environment.
Oats in the Field.
The clover in the undergrowth will be next year’s hay crop.
After harvesting, the oats will be triple-cleaned and then rolled, with none of the processing used in producing commercial rolled oats.
About Gehl Hull-less Oats
Gehl is the first bald-seeded hulless oat; the hull threshes free from the oat groat which means it can be rolled “live” rather than being steamed prior to rolling.
After we harvest our oats, they are triple-cleaned and rolled, with none of the processing used in producing commercial rolled oats. Thus, Weatherbury Rolled Oats have their natural vitality, nutrients and flavor.
Health benefits of Oats
Oats are incredibly nutritious. They are a good source of carbs and fiber and are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Additionally, oats contain a beta-glucan, a fiber found to be very eﬀective in lowering cholesterol. Oats also have avenanthramides, an antioxidant unique to oats, which may help protect blood vessels from the damaging eﬀects of LDL cholesterol and keep blood pressure low.
Weatherbury’s oats are rolled “live;” commercial oats are steamed before rolling. Thus, none of their vitality, flavor or nutrients is lost in the process.
Rolled Oats can be ordered on our order page.
To read more about Rolled Oats, please visit our products page.
More information on Rolled Oats and other grains grown at Weatherbury Farm are on the grains we grow page.