Buckwheat- Do Deer Eat It?Contributors to this thread:
Habitat for Wildlife 27-Jul-20
I glyed and broadcasted buckwheat in some test areas to see if it would grow for weed suppression two months ago. I didn’t get much rain for a 10 days or so after broadcasting. Not much grew. But I disked and planted brassica in the same area a few weeks ago and now the buckwheat is growing with the brassica. I did notice some of the buckwheat tops have been eaten.
Will deer still eat the buckwheat through the fall or would it be better to remove the buckwheat now?
The deer will eat it some, but I’d get rid of it somehow, if possible. I did the same as you last year, but my buckwheat went to seed before I got it disced up. I worked the soil up and planted brassicas into that plot. I had quite a bit of volunteer buckwheat come up, and it outgrew my brassicas and shaded them out. Most of the brassicas were WAY smaller than they should have been. Also, once the buckwheat freezes, it’s no longer a draw for the deer.
Deer eat almost anything except the nastiest weed and stuff like thistle. They always choose what is the best at what ever time and place they are at. So depending on what else is there then, their preference varies for anything. They especially like things when they are new growth or when the fruit/grain is ripening. I find a large variety in every plot assures something will work out given whatever the weather throws at you. hot/cold, wet/dry, sun/cloud .... you can't predict it. I have been moving away from things that are useless after frozen because that is gun season in WI. Same plots as bow
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Troy's experience is what I have had, but buckwheat is a great weed suppressor, just make sure you leave time to kill the regrowth.
They nibble it.....I wouldn't say they love it