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Harvesting Buckwheat

 
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Have any of you dear folks grown and harvested your own buckwheat? We grew about a sixth of an acre of it this year and it has done brilliantly.  Last week I scythed it down, it's dried nicely in the sun on tarpaulins and today we have been trying to 'thresh' it.  My goodness, it's slow and very inefficient how we're doing it - basically shuffling our feet on it to 'rub' off the seeds. Plus the hulls are staying on and I had read that the husks would come off and we'd be left with groats. Sigh.  Can anyone give any guidance as at this rate we'll be giving up.
 
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Since buckwheat is not a cereal, it does not thresh as easily as a cereal would.
Perhaps you could put the seed heads in a pillow case with some bocce balls (Boule Lyonnaise), and give it a spin in the clothes dryer?
 
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What about that little bucket and chain idea or the modified wood chipper in one of Paul's videos?  Does that only work for wheat?
 
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Yeah, Paul's video has a pretty good demo of both.  The drill/chain set up would probably work fine for you.

http://www.youtube.com/paulwheaton12#p/u/92/oDr8VF2QIPM
 
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how dry is your buckwheat? its gotta be bone dry.
 
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