Guide to Buckwheat Production in the Northeast Web Resource uri icon


  • 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.
    • The check arrives within 90 days of sowing.
    • 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.