buckwheat

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  1. fordson major

    fordson major construction and Garden b Supporter

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    ok other than pancakes, pillows, plough down/catch crop what use is buckwheat? had heard of it being toxic too animals (college many years ago!) have never grown it but been offered the use of some land long as we do not use herbicides, as the land is weedy, we are looking at buckwheat then a grain crop the next year.
     
  2. fantasymaker

    fantasymaker Well-Known Member

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    its a grain, very course but of the same uses
     

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    We planted some last year as a green manure and I was flabbergasted at how the bees flocked to it. Millions of them in a plot about 120' x 600'. We could actually HEAR the bees before we saw them. If you have hives it ought to be good.
     
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    I have always heard that buckwheat grain combined with millet give all the essential amino acids necessary for complete protein in feeding livestock. I've used buckwheat in the garden as a green manure before it goes to blossom stage.
     
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    It is a VERY GOOD bee forage, but the resulting honey from it is dark in color and strong in flavor. Brings a premium as a specialty honey. :)
     
  6. Judy in IN

    Judy in IN Well-Known Member Supporter

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    MMMMMMM, Buckwheat honey! I planted Buckwheat as a green cover crop last year. My bees loved it! It also is supposed to fix nitrogen in the soil? (what I heard) So a double-duty crop, even if you don't harvest the grain. Can't beat that with a stick!
     
  7. haypoint

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    Harvesting is more difficult than other grains because it flowers all season.You have ripe buckwheat and green buckwheat at the same time. Best to cut and let dry before running it thru the combine. Frost will kill it, even a light frost.
     
  8. cowboy joe

    cowboy joe Hired Hand

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    I've planted buckwheat that past few years as a cover crop...well, that's how it turned out. My poor bees were very disappointed that the local wildlife ate it to the ground.
     
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    Buckwheat isn't a nitrogen fixing plant like legumes, but it does provide lots of organic matter for the soil if tilled in green. I like to use it as a green manure, and till it in after it has started blossoming and has set some seed, so that it reseeds a second crop. I found that it blossoms and sets seed over a period of time so that you can have a hard time trying to decide when to harvest itfor a seed or grain crop. I usually try to keep a bag (50#) on hand for green manure, last back was about $30 at the local co-op feed mill--I think they ordered it for me and it took a couple of days to get.
     
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    my very favoritest honey is Buckwheat honey, it's sooooooooooo good! Reese