The life of a buckwheat plant

The life of a buckwheat plant

This page shows the normal development of buckwheat plants in New York. These were sown on July 8, 1997. They obtained a medium size that is ideal for good yield. This crop yielded 1250 lb/ac. There was a drought that restricted vegetative growth from 20 to 40 days after seeding.

21DAP-L

21 DAP
Second pair of true leaves. Beginning of rapid growth. Crusting danger is past.

28DAP-L

28 DAP
Flower buds just visible. Plants 12 to 15 tall. Peak heat sensitivity begins.

44DAP-L

44 DAP
Early flowering. Most of the seeds are set from flowers at this time. Leaf growth is finished.

52DAP-L

52 DAP
Peak flowering. No seeds are visible but most have set.

58DAP-L

58 DAP
First seeds are visble; aborted fruits begin to brown. New flowers will not make seeds.

62DAP-L

62 DAP
Maximum seed fill. Seeds are in the milk or dough stage. Lower leaves begin to yellow as nutrients are moved to seeds.

66DAP-L

66 DAP
Seeds begin to mature. Still flowering.

70DAP-L

70 DAP
Half the seeds mature, rest close. Rapid leaf shedding from translocation.

73DAP-L

73 DAP
Ready to harvest. About 70% of filled seeds are brown. Leaves have a yellowish cast.