Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product
Buckwheat Cover Crop Handbook
A precise tool for weed management on Northeastern farms
Buckwheat has been used to suppress weeds on Northeastern farms for 400 years. On modern farms we have different tools, a different market, and different economic constraints; so buckwheat will be useful in different situations. In this brochure, developed by Cornell University, the authors describe situations where buckwheat has high value on 21st century farms because it controls weeds economically and in a way that adds significantly to the other weed control practices that are available.
This handbook is based on extensive grower surveys, gathering knowledge held by successful growers, material printed in obscure old extension and farm publications, as well as original research to answer new questions. The instructions have been tested by cooperating farmers to make sure they work.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) LNE05-214, Reestablishing the use of buckwheat as a precise weed control tool.
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