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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:39 pm    Post subject: buckwheat Reply to specific post Reply with quote

a neighbor is thinking of growing some buckwheat this year. he has an Allis 66 combine that he has used for oats and rye. what different screens or settings would he need to change for buckwheat? thanks.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:36 pm    Post subject: Re: buckwheat Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Never new what buckwheat was until about 10 yrs. ago when my neighbor had me deliver some organic pea's to Mn. Buckwheat assoc. elevator. I asked elevator if I could see some buckwheat grain. He sent a small bag home with me. After seeing the grain I think you could leave the settings about the same on combine as oats. I don't know if the stem dries up for harvest as completely as oats or rye so it may have to be swathed and let lay in windrow for a week. Here in So. Mn. we have to swath all our small grain.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:08 am    Post subject: Re: buckwheat Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Swathing is the only way I have heard of harvesting buckwheat unless you plant it late enough it can be killed with a frost. The plants are constantly producing which means some grain ready for harvest and some just set from flowers.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:27 am    Post subject: Re: buckwheat Reply to specific post Reply with quote

the ops manual will give you the suggested setting for buckwheat,, or at least my Case ones do I would think the AC one does as well,, that sure makes a pretty flower when in bloom,,
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:00 am    Post subject: Re: buckwheat Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Way before my time, Dad used to grow it regularly here in southern Cayuga county. He harvested with a JD pull type, direct cut. I think he waited for a frost. Just before he passed away, in 1992, he tried it again a couple times. He couldn't get any crop, and he wasn't happy with his harvesting job, with his Gleaner-lots of chopped up pieces of stalk in the bin. I cut some once, for a neighbor, with similar results. It appeared to me that with a modern style combine you might want to open the cylinder, and slow it down, with the idea that the grain will mostly be threshed loose just running through the machine, regardless of the cylinder.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:06 am    Post subject: Re: buckwheat Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The All Crop harvester is probably gentle enough that busting up the stalk won't be an issue. The weather has changed enough that red beans aren't grown here anymore. Maybe the same with buckwheat? I wish him luck.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:26 am    Post subject: Re: buckwheat Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My grandfather grew buckwheat years ago when I was a kid. I can?t help you with combine adjustments but do remember some things about it. It was planted fairly late and it was very inconsistent in the grain maturing. The goal was for it to have quite a bit of grain filled then right after a hard frost you had to get it combined as the frost killing the plants aided in an acceptable moisture. Now our frost is later in the fall so not sure how that would work out. If it frosted too early you would have very light yield of mature grain and if you didn?t get it combined right away after the frost as soon as it was ready you ran the risk of a hard rain or heavy wind causing a lot of it (grain) to end up on the ground. I have heard some people windrow it and use a pickup head on the combine.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:29 am    Post subject: Re: buckwheat Reply to specific post Reply with quote

One more memory of buckwheat, it has a peculiar smell when blossoming.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: buckwheat Reply to specific post Reply with quote

thanks for the replies. I will let my neighbor know.
 
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