Buckwheat is a short season, speedy cover crop option. Quick to establish and flower, it is ready to be incorporated within 35-40 days with its residue breaking down quickly, releasing nutrients into the ground for the next crop. Buckwheat is a great suppressor of weeds, attracting beneficial pollinators and insects with its abundant blossoms. Its ability to extract phosphorous from the soil is another added benefit, better than most grain cover crops. Buckwheat’s abundant, fine roots leave topsoil loose and friable after only minimal tillage, making it a great mid-summer soil conditioner preceding fall crops in temperate areas.
- Prefers light to medium, well-drained soils: sandy loams, loams, and silt loams
- Not drought tolerant. Extreme afternoon heat will cause wilting, but plants bounce back overnight
- Sowing rates 35kg per hectare as a standalone crop or include in cover crop mix.
Seed pricing is per 25kg bag. Orders exceeding 1-tonne will be provided in bulk bags unless otherwise specified. Pricing is excluding GST and ex Bell Seeds. Pricing is subject to change without notice. Blend components may vary subject to product availability.