[Market-farming] Buckwheat Question

eric slatt kountrydoc at gmail.com
Sat Aug 11 14:53:55 EDT 2012


Not sure where you are at, but we just planted out 3rd crop last week here
in SC.  It is a quick growing cover crop, so if you have another 6 weeks of
warm growing days yet, you should be a flowring/tilling stage.

On Sat, Aug 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM, Richard Stewart <rstewart at zoomtown.com>wrote:

> I was growing buckwheat as a cover crop in hopes of also getting a honey
> crop off it before tilling it under.  I seeded with a cyclone and
> cultipacked and due to drought.  I was timing a planting with rain that
> never came.  Due to drought nothing every really come up save a couple
> plants here and there.  I let the plot sit hooping to plant a tillage
> radish by the end of August.  We just had our first decent rain fall in I
> suddenly have 8 acres of buckwheat growing and growing quickly.
>
> I've never planted or had it growing this late and I am curious if anyone
> else has had experience with it this late in the year.  Will it make it to
> flowering AND still have time to seed winter wheat on one half and tillage
> radish on the others?
>
> I have no problem tilling under once it gets over 12" tall but I'd like to
> see my bees get some honey off it prior to tillage.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help.
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