Got buckwheat ?

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  1. Drycreek

    Drycreek Well-Known Member

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    I do ! These pics are a few days old so the plants are probably twice as tall now knowing how quickly buckwheat grows. The first two are on my home place and I had spread some lime before I spread the fert and seed. The lime had some wet chunks in it that I broke up by hand and I thought it would be ok but the chunks smeared out in the bottom of my seeder and closed off the holes. I was able to clear one of the holes with a nail bar I keep on the tractor, so in effect I had a one-legged seeder. That’s why the semi-bare strip on one side of the plot. 31E65BAC-C9A2-4EC0-92A2-CFA75C7F9391.jpeg A7FE2BE5-45C8-49C8-9841-834CD4E56A90.jpeg
     
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    These plots are on our lease, two buckwheat, and two mixes of red rippers, IC peas, beans, sunn hemp, and sunflower.
    Oops, the two top pics are the same buckwheat plot, the two bottom pics are the mix. o_O

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    looks good,Don

    Even got ol Sarge to make sure things are done right!

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    That looks great. I am heading down to our property today and will check on mine.
     
  5. Kennychestnut

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    Looks good . I planted some up here in Missouri . One plot I’m going to let go to seed them now down in late August or early September. Doves should come in for the seed . The other plot I’m thinking of rolling down then throw in brasscus and beans .
    Curious will deer hit buckwheat if left stand into fall ? I’ve only planted this stuff once before for doves .


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  6. BoneCrusher20

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    I just put mine in the ground yesterday. Try to time my planting 12 weeks before fall planting (2nd week august for me) at 10 weeks right around the time it is getting ready to put on seeds i mow it down and let it decay for 2 weeks and then disc it in. From what i read buckwheat needs like 2-3 weeks after termination before the valuable phosphorous is available for the next planting, so right in time for fall food plots to go in. Just one way trying to cut down on synthetic fert usage.
     
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    Looks great. I like your mix
     
  8. Drycreek

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    Thanks guys. I might add that those solid buckwheat plots in the first post and the top two in the second post were only limed this year. I expect them to do better next year and probably will be planted with the mix that the bottom pics are planted with next spring. Wheat will be the crop this fall.
     
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    That is looking good. I got some buckwheat mix plots put in about 2 weeks ago and they starting to look close to yours. Hopefully you guys in ETx are getting all the rain the we are getting north of the DFW area.
     
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    Pretty well, and got 2.5” more today.
     
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    Parts of my fields are too wet. Seeds and plants of summer blend rotting. With more rain on the way.
     
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    We got our buckwheat in 8 days ago and have only had .15 of an inch of rain. More is supposed to be coming in a few days. I hope the seed survives the initial shot of water and all of the turkeys living in the plant daily.
     
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    I notilled buckwheat and oats into ladino clover in the middle of March for soil improvement and whatever the wildlife can get from it. The buckwheat is flowering right now and the oats is soon ready to form seed heads.
     
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    I don’t know much so correct me if I’m wrong but I’ve read frost will kill buckwheat. Are you far enough south that you didn’t get any frost after you planted?
     
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    Has anyone tried a buckwheat and millet mix as a dove attractant? I’ve got some left over japanese millet, will put the buckwheat in a week from now. It’ll be my first attempt.


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    I've heard that too about buckwheat and frost, but I'm always experimenting to see what actually works at my specific location, so I drilled these oats and buckwheat into existing ladino clover fields on March 13th in zone 6b, Huntingdon county Pa, and we've had several heavy frosts since, but the buckwheat population is very close to 100%. Maybe the existing clover helped protect it, or maybe the leaves were frostbitten and recovered?
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    That looks great


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    I just looked at my buckwheat/IC pea plots this morning. Looks like I went a little heavy on the peas.......o_O 732A2B4D-0201-4DB8-9383-AD897E44EF46.jpeg BBC31E48-2D00-4E3F-A8C7-4BAB3B374D1C.jpeg
     
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    These are from our lease. The BW was heavy with bees ! A little disconcerting to drive through the one but there’s no choice. It’s on a pipeline R. O. W. and is our main road. Pea mix in the bottom pic. F5E17459-ECF7-4D7B-B98E-8E187F116C34.jpeg 0DC957BA-7E12-4DE7-8388-50A78769D730.jpeg 70A4B9BF-427E-4EA5-906D-79C49EB72807.jpeg
     
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    That looks fantastic!
     

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