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Information for Buckwheat Growers

Why Grow Buckwheat?

Buckwheat is a short-season cash crop with properties that can make it fit specific situations on your farm. While it is unlikely to be your main crop, it can be a worthwhile part of your overall farm plan.

Reasons to grow buckwheat

  • Fits into rotations at a time when fields might otherwise be idle.
  • Can be grown as a catch crop where another crop failed.
  • The check arrives within 90 days of sowing.
  • Inexpensive to grow because it requires no pesticides and little fertilizer.
  • Can be grown with equipment available on most farms.
  • Requires little attention during the growing season.
  • Mellows the soil and suppresses most weeds.
  • Easily raised organically, at a premium price.


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