[Market-farming] Buckwheat

robbins hail robbinshail at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 8 13:52:58 EDT 2005


We've been using buckwheat a lot this summer. Got into a panic when the 
winter squash started vining into it so used a lawn roller to roll it down. 
Worked pretty well leaving a thick mulch. A month later though piweed is 
started to rear it's nasty (and thorny) head.

We broadcast the seed thickly and lightly till under.

Robbins Hail
South Central Missouri
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>    1. Buckwheat re-growth? (Steve Diver)
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>    3. Buckwheat Questions (Jay Atkerson)
>    4. Re: Buckwheat re-growth? (Allan Balliett)
>    5. Re: Buckwheat Questions (JOHN A HENDRICKSON)
>    6. Re: Buckwheat Questions (Allan Balliett)
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>Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 15:30:07 -0500
>From: Steve Diver <steved at ncat.org>
>Subject: [Market-farming] Buckwheat re-growth?
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>I've got a buckwheat cover crop that is lush green
>and starting to flower.
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>Can you cut buckwheat a few inches above
>the ground -- letting the tops fall over as a mulch,
>to encourage re-growth from the stems -- the same
>way you can manage sorghum-sudan grass?
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>Steve Diver
>Northwest Arkansas
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>Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 20:58:48 -0400
>From: "Mike Hulbert - Anna Carter - Creation Soap"
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>Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Gray mini-critters on the Kale
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>Hi,
>I was wondering what kind of remedies y'all might suggest for that gray
>stuff that grows on the kale like lice or aphids or something.
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>Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 21:47:08 -0500
>From: Jay Atkerson <jatkerso at bowlinggreen.net>
>Subject: [Market-farming] Buckwheat Questions
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>I'm curious about the use of buckwheat and where it may be purchased.
>Is it too late to sow buckwheat in South Central Kentucky (Zone 6B)?
>Are there several varieties and is there one suggested for dual
>use--honey bees and late fall cover crop that might help suppress
>weeds?  What is the sowing rate per acre? Does it start blooming in
>about seventy days?
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>Jay Atkerson
>Palisade Garden
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>Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 22:48:46 -0400
>From: Allan Balliett <igg at igg.com>
>Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Buckwheat re-growth?
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>Steve - Isn't one of the charms of buckwheat cover that it's easy to
>kill? In my experience, it only comes back from the seeds it may have
>dropped...which takes a little longer.
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>Anywone know anything about 'buckwheat lettuce'?
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>Thanks -Allan
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> >I've got a buckwheat cover crop that is lush green
> >and starting to flower.
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> >Can you cut buckwheat a few inches above
> >the ground -- letting the tops fall over as a mulch,
> >to encourage re-growth from the stems -- the same
> >way you can manage sorghum-sudan grass?
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> >Steve Diver
> >Northwest Arkansas
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>Message: 5
>Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 22:23:26 -0500
>From: JOHN A HENDRICKSON <jhendric at wisc.edu>
>Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Buckwheat Questions
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>It is certainly not too late to plant buckwheat.  It germinates quickly
>(3-5 days) and rapidly creates a dense canopy to keep weeds from
>germinating.  It is an excellent smother crop.  It starts blooming and
>reaches maturity in 70-90 days.  According to the book Managing Cover
>Crops Profitably (which I highly recommend), buckwheat will regrow if
>clipped before it reaches 25% bloom.   I've never tried that.
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>As far as I know, there are not different types but one standard variety.
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>Buckwheat does not make a good late fall cover crop because it is
>extremely frost sensitive.  It can, however, be used as a "nurse crop"
>for slow starting winter hardy cover crops.
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>If you let it flower to have the blossoms available for bees, the
>buckwheat will go to seed and it will re-seed itself.  Some growers do
>this intentionally and thereby get 2-3 successive buckwheat smother
>crops during one season.  My experience is that buckwheat does not may
>an overly troublesome, long-term weed if you let it go to seed.
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>Sowing rates tyically range between 60 to 90 lbs per acre (3-4 oz/100
>square feet).  Use the higher end of this range to generate a quick
>smother crop.  The seed can be drilled (planted with a seed drill) or
>broadcast and lightly harrowed.
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>Seed is widely available.  Check with your local seed/feed store or look
>on-line.
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>For additional information about cover crops for small-scale vegetable
>farms, see:
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>http://www.cias.wisc.edu/archives/2003/09/01/cover_crops_on_the_intensive_market_farm/index.php
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>-John
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>Message: 6
>Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2005 11:37:48 -0400
>From: Allan Balliett <igg at igg.com>
>Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Buckwheat Questions
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>Good work, John!
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>Howabout the part about cut buckwheat being a 'mulch'? I never find
>much volume to buckwheat, once cut and dehydrated. How about the rest
>of you?
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>Thanks for giving the seeding rate by the acre and by the 'bed.' I'm
>wondering how other people seed. I'm thinking of broadcasting and
>tilling with the BCS. Does anyone know if this will put the buckwheat
>too deep or if the tiller will destroy the seed?
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>Thanks again -Allan
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