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 For growing 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.