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Buckwheat: an ideal summer cover crop

publication date: Jun 1, 2013
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Pam DawlingBuckwheat is a fast-growing warm-season broadleaf annual that is a useful cover crop. Its special strengths are in suppressing weeds, attracting beneficial insects, improving the soil tilth with its fibrous roots, and extracting potassium, calcium and phosphorus from the soil to the benefit of following crops. Buckwheat is almost three times as good as barley in scavenging phosphorus, and more than 10 times better than rye.




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