Can I contract to grow buckwheat with The Birkett Mills?
Yes, The Birkett Mills contracts directly with growers each Spring. View our Growers Contract Letter for more information.
How do I grow buckwheat commercially?
Cornell University provides extensive information about growing buckwheat on their website Here. You may also download these guides for your reference: Factsheet 50 and Factsheet 51, also from Cornell. You may also give us a call at (315) 536-3311 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for our grower contract information. Include your mailing address and we'd be happy to mail you the information and a brochure.
Where does buckwheat grow best?
Buckwheat grows best in northern climates. Medium texture soils are best.
Can I grow buckwheat in my backyard garden?
Yes, it’s easy to grow your own buckwheat. It flourishes on poor soil, needs only a 10-week growing season, grows so thick that it smothers out weeds, and adds nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil.
What is the timing on crop development?
Buckwheat emerges 5 to 7 days after planting. It begins flowering about 5 weeks after planting, with full maturation taking place in approximately 70 days.
When should buckwheat be planted and how much should be used?
While typically planted in late-June, sowing may take place as late as mid-July. About 45 to 60 pounds are required per acre with 6 or 7 inch row spacing.
What are typical costs and yields?
The cost to plant buckwheat totals about $60 to $90 per acre for seed, planting, harvesting, fuel, repairs, etc. Yields typically range from 1000 to 1500 pounds per acre, with highs up to 2000 pounds per acre.
Can buckwheat seeds be sprouted, and, if so, would these sprouts be edible?
Unroasted buckwheat kernels (groats) and fresh seeds will sprout. Follow the same procedure as for mung bean, alfalfa sprouts, etc. Punch holes in lid of screwtop jar; soak overnight in cold water; drain off water; put jar in dark place; rinse seeds with fresh water and drain them 2 to 3 times each day. Sprouts will be ready to eat in 5 days. Exposing sprouts to sunlight will turn them green. Delicious added to pancake batter, muffins, salads, these sprouts are especially rich in rutin, a bioflavinoid believed to contribute to strong capillaries.