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Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum)-A Multipurpose Cover Crop for Hilly Regions


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1 ICAR- Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Research Centre, Vasad, Anand (Gujarat), India
2 ICAR - Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Research Centre, Udhagamandalam (T.N.), India
     

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Buckwheat is a fast growing short-duration cover crop. It establishes, blooms and ready for incorporation within 35 to 40 days after sowing and its residue decomposes quickly. As a grain, it reaches maturity in just 70 to 90 days. Buckwheat suppresses weeds and attracts beneficial insects and pollinators with its abundant blossoms. It is easy to kill and reportedly mobilizes soil phosphorus from soil better than other cover crops. Buckwheat thrives well in cool and moist conditions but it is not frost tolerant. Buckwheat is not a drought tolerant crop and readily wilts under hot and dry conditions.
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Authors

D. Dinesh
ICAR- Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Research Centre, Vasad, Anand (Gujarat), India
K. Kannan
ICAR - Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Research Centre, Udhagamandalam (T.N.), India
K. Rajan
ICAR - Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Research Centre, Udhagamandalam (T.N.), India

Abstract


Buckwheat is a fast growing short-duration cover crop. It establishes, blooms and ready for incorporation within 35 to 40 days after sowing and its residue decomposes quickly. As a grain, it reaches maturity in just 70 to 90 days. Buckwheat suppresses weeds and attracts beneficial insects and pollinators with its abundant blossoms. It is easy to kill and reportedly mobilizes soil phosphorus from soil better than other cover crops. Buckwheat thrives well in cool and moist conditions but it is not frost tolerant. Buckwheat is not a drought tolerant crop and readily wilts under hot and dry conditions.