The Growing Of Buckwheat In California Is An Exceedingly Small Affair

The local market is very limited, as most California hot cakes are made

of wheat flour. There is no chance for outward shipment, and the crop

itself, being capable of growing only during the frostless season, has

to be planted on moist lands where there is not only abundant summer

moisture but an air somewhat humid. Irrigated uplands, even in the

frostless season, are hardly suitable for the common buckwheat, although

they may give the growth of Japanese buckwheat for beekeepers who use

dark honey for bee feeding. The Japanese buckwheat is well suited for

this because it keeps blooming and produces a scattered crop of seed,

but this characteristic makes it less suitable for a grain crop, and it

has therefore never become very popular in this State. We consider

buckwheat as not worthy of much consideration by California farmers.

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