Buckwheat is a very good short season cover crop. It reaches maturity in just 70-90 days. The main benefits include weed suppression through shading and competition. It also attracts beneficial insects. It is a good first crop for rejuvenating over-farmed soils. Buckwheat’s dense, fibrous roots clustered in the topsoil provide an extensive root system for scavenging nutrients.
Type: Broadleaf Season: Warm Season
Seeding & Growth
Precision: Not recommended Drilled: 20 lb/A, 1/2" to 1 1/2" Broadcast: 22 lb/A Aerial: 27 lb/A
Dates: Seed 6-10 weeks before average first frost, Anytime after last threat of spring frost
Avg seeds/lb: 20,400 Emergence: 3-7 days Height: 2'-5' Inoculate: No Inter-seeding: Yes, ask a specialist for details Drought and Heat: Low drought tolerance, Excellent heat tolerance Flooding: Does not tolerate flooding or ponding