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Buckwheat Seed - Buckwheat is warm-season, broad-leafed annual primarily used for weed suppression. Buckwheat is also popular among beekeepers because it produces an abundance of flowers and a dark flavored honey with a distinctive flavor. Buckwheat is a grat addition to spring and summer food plots for quail, doves, turkey, ducks, and deer. The plant produces multiple branches along the stems, heart-shaped leaves, and clusters of small white flowers at the end of the branches. Buckwheat has superficial surface roots, a weak taproot, and reddish stems. Buckwheat seeds are large, dark-colored with triangular shaped sides.

Seed Rate: 50lbs/acre drilled or 70lbs/acre broadcast; 3 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
Seed Depth: 1/2 - 1 inch
Fertilizer: 250 -300 lbs per acre
Planting Time: Spring-Summer
pH: 5.0-6.5
Life Span: 65-80 days
Variety: Mancan or similar varieties

**Buckwheat Seed is GMO-Free**

Adaptation

Buckwheat grows best in soils with light to medium texture, good drainage and will tolerate moderately acidic soils. It is reportedly tolerant of poorly drained soils, but should be avoided on heavy or droughty soils. A well-prepared seedbed is necessary for a quick start for the crop. Most growers do not fertilize buckwheat due to its relatively low value and modest fertility needs. However, for optimum yields, some fertilizer may be needed. Buckwheat is planted in the northeastern states and Canada in the summer, and in the southeastern US, it is typically planted in the early spring or fall. Buckwheat can germinate and grow in temperatures as low as 45 degrees but optimal growth occurs at or above 55 degrees. Buckwheat is frost sensitive and does not survive even light frosts.

Management
Buckwheat should be planted at least 60 days before the first expected frost date or before the hot and dry season. A well-sown buckwheat will out-compete weeds. Buckwheat is also seldom damaged by insects or diseases. For this reason, buckwheat has no registered pesticides or herbicides. Buckwheat can be included in cover crop mixes with cowpeas, soybeans, sunn hemp, or other warm season annuals. Buckwheat will being to flower within 3 to 6 weeks after planting and flower continuously for several weeks. Buckwheat grown for beneficial bugs should be allowed to flower for at least 20 days.

Courtesy of USDA, Cornell University, University of Missouri Extension, University of Florida - IFAS Extension


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