Fagopyrum esculentum

Summer or cool season annual broadleaf grain


Plant Highlights

Cultural Traits


Planting depth: 1/2 - 1.5 inches

Seeding Method

Seed Cost: .28-.70 $/lb

Seed Availability: Readily available


Cultivars commonly recommended by the Hawai`i Natural Resources Conservation Service include: 'Japanese' and 'Common'.


with sorghum-sudangrass hybrids, sunnhemp

Soil Improvements

Pest Control

Management Attributes



Uses in the Pacific Region

No information is available in this database on this topic.

Uses in Hawai`i

The Hawai`i Natural Resources Conservation Service Technical Guide Buckwheat (cv. 'Japanese' 'Common'). Their specification describes Buckwheat as follows:

For More Information


1998. Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 2nd ed. Sustainable Agriculture Network, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, USA. pp. 212.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Hawai`i Field Office Technical Guide, Section IV, Code 340 "Cover and Green Manure Crop" May 1992. Pacific Islands Area Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG) - East Area

Text last updated on 8/10/2007

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These webpages were originally generated under a grant program from Western SARE entitled "Covering New Ground: Tropical Cover Crops for Improving Soil Quality" EW98-012 (1998-2002).