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Fagopyrum esculentum Moench
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For agricultural use ONLY.

Buckwheat is a fast growing, annual, broadleaf grain. It establishes very quickly and can reach maturity in as little as 70 to 90 days. Buckwheat is most commonly planted alone as a cover crop for weed suppression or as a quick soil cover for short rotations. Popularly used as a smother crop, buckwheat’s rapid growth leaves little time or sunlight for warm-season annual weeds to grow under its broad and shady foliage. Buckwheat residue decomposes rapidly, releasing nutrients to the next crop very quickly. It is not frost tolerant and will terminate with the first frost. Additionally, Buckwheat is a favorite pollinator crop of honey bees. Honey made from buckwheat flowers creates a dark, robustly flavored honey known to have higher concentrations of anti-oxidant compounds. Wildlife also find the tender shoots quite tasty and whitetail deer will search it out.

Supported Species Deer, Upland Game Birds, Wetland Game Birds
Primary Usage Grain, Wildlife, Cover Crop, Pollinator Friendly


Sun Requirement Full Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained, Moderately Drained
Soil pH 6.0-7.0
Days to Maturity 50-60 Days
Height when mature 24-30 inches
Fertilizer Perform a soil test for exact recommendations.
Hardiness Half-hardy

Planting Dates

Northern Zone Mid/Late Spring
Early Summer
Mid/Late Fall
Transitional Zone Mid/Late Spring
Early Summer
Mid/Late Fall
Southern Zone Mid/Late Spring
Early Summer
Mid/Late Fall

Planting Requirements

Planting Depth 1/2- 1 inch
Seeding Rate 45-60 lbs./acre
Northern Zone -60 To -10 F
-50 To -23 C
Transitional Zone -10 To 20 F
-23 To -6 C
Southern Zone 20 To 70 F
-6 To 21 C

How To Plant

    Planting Requirements

    Planting Depth 1/2- 1 inch
    Seeding Rate 45-60 lbs./acre
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    can I plant buckwheat early spring and plow in mid august for fall plot?
    Buckwheat can be planted in spring to summer. Buckwehat is a very quick maturing crop for quick rotations. Buckwheat is an excellent cover crop to install before the fall plot. Deer also will forage on young buckwheat. Buckwheat matures in about 60 days. The buckwheat should be terminated before allowing to go to seed, or there will be volunteer buckwheat plants and it will reseed itself. It is an excellent weed suppressor, but can also become a weed with mismanagement. If you would like to learn if buckwheat would be the right seed for your needs, please contact our Customer Service Team toll free at 877.247.3736. email us at, or chat with us with our live chat tool on our website. Thank you!
    How long is buckwheat seed viable?
    Buckwheat seed is best used within the first year of harvest. Buckwheat seed can remain viable for a few years under the right conditions. Most commonly with buckwheat seed after year two, there will be a more severe drop in viability and germination rate. Great question!
    i would like to use buckwheat for honeybees and as a food plot for deer. if i plant and let go to seed, will it continue to reseed itself? any long term soil issues if i do this?
    Yes, depending on planting date. Sometimes dry conditions prevent seed from germinating. We usually recommend a light tillage or something to drag across the field to knock the seed off the plant. Either method works well, but you would need to wait for plants to be fully mature before tillage. If starting early, possibly 2-3 turns per year with weather cooperation. For more information or for further questions, please let us know via our live chat, email us at, or call us toll-free at 877.247.3736. Thank you!
    Is this Buckwheat seed non-gmo?
    Our buckwheat is conventionally grown, untreated, non-GMO seed.

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