The 2015 Northeast Buckwheat Field Day will be the Hatfield farm, on the north side of Moravia, near Owasco Lake.
Don Hatfield is hosting the field day. He has been producing grain near Owasco Lake for many years, and is Certified Organic. This is the second
year of organic buckwheat production, so Don has a lot of keen observations about how it has (or has not) met his expectations and management needs.
The exact location of the field day will be announced after the buckwheat is out of the ground. It is still to wet to know for sure where the site will be. Just in case, there will be a sign by Owasco Meats, just north of Moravia on Oak Hill Road.
We will speak about how buckwheat fits into organic field crop rotations, where it has value for soil building and weed suppression. We will see how effectively it addresses the weed concerns on this farm, which are mainly foxtail and Canada thistle.
There will be information valuable to old hands as well as new or prospective growers. Buckwheat tends to have a somewhat different place in conventional and organic rotations, but the production of the crop is essentially the same. We will evaluate crop progress to anticipate what the yield might be, whether plant vigor is in the desired range and how to do those evaluations on your own farm. There will be excellent opportunities for farmer-to-farmer learning.
It is a nice return to the eastern Finger Lakes, since the 2008 field day in Cazenovia at the Gianforte Farm.