The choice to grow oats compared to other crops is indeed as important as the selection of an appropriate variety. Oats are often thought of as an "easy" crop to grow but attention to detail is required to produce high yields and quality. Weed control options remain limited compared to other cereal crops and timely grain harvest is important as most varieties shed their grain easily.
The option of oats for hay is becoming increasingly popular in some regions where growers have identified it as profitable and perhaps as a tool to manage herbicide resistance. Independent comparative data on variety performance for hay is limited due to the lack of a coordinated industry approach, in particular levies or funding for research and development.
See the Victorian Winter Crop Summary for an up to date guide to oat varieties and last season's yield results.