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Buckwheat growing with No rain?
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Contributors to this thread:
firemen 10-Jun-21
t-roy 10-Jun-21
RIT 10-Jun-21
Pat Lefemine 11-Jun-21
lewis 11-Jun-21
Mad Trapper 12-Jun-21
RIT 12-Jun-21
Korey Wolfe 12-Jun-21
firemen 12-Jun-21
drycreek 12-Jun-21
Pat Lefemine 12-Jun-21
t-roy 12-Jun-21
Denali 12-Jun-21
From: firemen
10-Jun-21
My buckwheat is staring to grow and we have not had any rain in two weeks since I planted.With no rain in sight will the buckwheat die off?

From: t-roy
10-Jun-21
Depends on a few factors. Do you have much subsoil moisture? Also, if you get any rains on it in the next few weeks. It probably won’t die off, unless you don’t get any more rains on it before it matures, with little to no moisture, I’d think your growth will be suppressed, possibly severely. Severely dry here in my area of Iowa, with little to no subsoil moisture either.

From: RIT
10-Jun-21
If you tilled or disced it has a much better chance of dying than if you had residue on the surface to help with moisture retention and keeping the soil cool. Think plastic or a rock that’s been laying somewhere in your yard for weeks. It always has moisture under it. That said Buckwheat isn’t very drought tolerant especially when young. It does have a dense root system with a tap root once established so if there is moisture it will find it.. but my experience has been that it wilts rather quickly in the absence of rain.

From: Pat Lefemine
11-Jun-21
I don’t know about Illinois but here in Ohio we have been getting fantastic rains, damn near every day we’ve had a shower.

From: lewis
11-Jun-21
Hell I spilled some bw seeds in my gravel driveway and it all came up plus some fell behind my license plate on my truck and it has sprouted and putting out stems wrapping around my plate.Very hardy stuff.Good luck Lewis

From: Mad Trapper
12-Jun-21
We have had rain here in PA every day for the last week. Glad we got all of our corn and beans in the week before.Good advice above. From my experience buckwheat is pretty hardy. Good luck.

From: RIT
12-Jun-21
I would not confuse buckwheat as hardy. Mow buckwheat it dies, any form of mechanical disturbance dead, spray buckwheat dead, slight frost dead. If you said buckwheat is easy to grow, grows fast, great at suppressing weeds yep I am all in. But young buckwheat that isn’t established not so much. Optimal rain, good soil conditions, and establishment before stressors hit the crop might be a tad misleading on how hardy a crop is.

From: Korey Wolfe
12-Jun-21
I planted it last summer and got a 20% stand because of the dought

From: firemen
12-Jun-21
Thank God we finally got some rain,I'll give it a couple old day see what spots I have th reseed.

From: drycreek
12-Jun-21
We’ve had the opposite here in East Texas. Up until this week it has rained at least five days a week for the last month and a half. My peas either drowned or floated off, but I did get a couple buckwheat plots on my lease. None here at home, buckwheat or peas. Sorriest plots I’ve ever had. On the bright side, my daikon radishes reseeded so I have a fair crop of them within my sorry peas at the lease. We have so much browse I was really looking forward to a good pea crop, because when we have lots of browse that’s when the peas have a chance to mature. Maybe next year ! :-(

From: Pat Lefemine
12-Jun-21

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My buckwheat plot grew well, no deer touched it.
Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
My buckwheat plot grew well, no deer touched it.
Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
Pat Lefemine's embedded Photo
I'll be curious to see how the buckwheat does for you guys. I planted it, it came up fantastic, and the deer never touched it. A total disappointment, however it went to seed and the following spring the turkeys were all over it. So it wasn't a total failure.

From: t-roy
12-Jun-21
firemen………can you post some pics of what that looks like?……The rain, I mean, not the buckwheat :-(

I’ve just started planting buckwheat in the past few years. unfortunately, we have been in the midst of a 3 year drought, so it’s been a bit difficult to get really good feel for how it’s performed. I’m not planting it as a food source for the deer, but strictly for weed suppression and soil building/moisture retention capabilities. They did browse mine some, but not heavily. I had a couples plots of it that I got some timely rains on, and it grew extremely well, shading out any competing weeds. I then seeded my brassicas into the standing crop before it seeded out, rolled over it with my cultimulcher, then sprayed it with R-up, to make certain it was dead. I got .3” of rain the next day and my brassicas sprouted, but then we had absolutely zero rain for the next month, so pretty much everything burned up. There was no subsoil moisture to fall back on, either.

I had another small plot of it that I didn’t get killed quickly enough, and it went to seed. I disced it under, then planted brassicas. The brassicas came up, but so did the volunteer buckwheat. It outpaced my brassica growth and shaded a lot of them out, which severely stunted them. I think buckwheat is a great food plotting plant, but timing is pretty critical, depending on what your goals are.

From: Denali
12-Jun-21
Pat, I am surprised that the deer were not in it as soon as it came up and then again when it matured. We plant it just south of you and they demolish it as it first develops (small plots will not grow) and when the plant matures the deer hammer the seed. We plant around the 4th of July and it is a ridiculous first week plot.

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