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Summer annual which can be used as a green manure crop. An early maturing wheat suitable for almost any type soil. Seeds remain on stalk after ripening, providing food over extended period of time. Buckwheat has a short growing season, maturing in 10 to 12 weeks. It is quickly killed by frost. 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. * 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 some weeds. * Easily raised Organicallly, at a premium price. Plant in spring or summer after all danger of frost is past. Buckwheat matures in about 10-12 weeks after germination. Planting dept 1" or less. SEEDING RATE: 40 to 50 lbs per acre or 3 lbs per 1,000 square feet