Black oat packs the forage yield potential of rye with the higher nutrient density, digestibility and palatability of more traditional oats. Though the biomass matches tonnage of rye, the C:N ratio will tend to be a little lower in comparison. Oats is excellent at breaking disease cycles and also has been shown to resist root-knot nematode. Allelopathic chemicals from plant decomposition have a proven effect against broadleaf weed species. Black Oat makes an excellent crop for someone just getting started with covers because it can be easily terminated with an array of methods. Unlike common oats, black oat have excellent tillering potential to get the ground covered quicker. Black oat is less prone to insect problems than either wheat or barley and has been shown to greatly reduce take-all of wheat.