Raven is a spring black oat available as seed or grain via Cope Seeds. Black oats are extremely popular among horse breeders and also specialist human consumption outlets.
A Link Project is now advising the use of black oats as a means of controlling black grass. Roots of oats produce a compound called avenocins which are antagonistic to blackgrass germination. A cover crop of black oats and vetch, drilled in the Autumn before a spring cereal is also showing promising results when controlling blackgrass.
Raven Black oat has a high TGW, a short straw and a good resistance to lodging.