The acreages planted in buckwheat gave local colonies greater forage for both pollen and nectar in a time of dearth late in the summer. In some colonies drones were reared later in the season possibly affording queen rearing later into the season. Due to buckwheat’s nature to have shallow and small roots it is probably not the most ideal species to encourage farmers to grow to enhance bee forage in our arid climate.
This project illustrated to local farmers buckwheat has high potential as a cover crop since they found it suppresses weeds, is easy to grow and easy to till back into the soil.
This project stimulated valuable exchanges of ideas and opened lines of communication between local growers and beekeepers.