A plant with open, spreading panicle-bearing large spikelets. Oats are used primarily in breakfast foods or as fodder for horses or other livestock.
In the subtropical to temperate climate of this region, oats are grown in the winter and used as a winter cover crop, as food for both livestock and humans, and as raw material for industrial use.
About a quarter of the more than 22 million tons of the global production -by far- is harvested in Russia, followed by Canada, Poland, Australia and Finland. The United States of America, Brazil, Spain, United Kingdom and Argentina complete the top 10. Overall oats are planted in more than 70 countries world wide.