South Korea: Concerns over decline in Jeju buckwheat quality due to harsh rainy season

Published Jun 24, 2024

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Concerns have been raised about the quality of Jeju buckwheat due to the onset of monsoon rains. The Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Agricultural Research and Extension Services has urged farmers to quickly and thoroughly harvest buckwheat not already harvested during the rainy season to prevent quality decline. The monsoon season often overlaps with the harvest period, increasing the risk of 'sub-germination' and delaying seed drying. The services have recommended immediate threshing and drying of harvested buckwheat and advised storing harvested buckwheat from spring as seedlings in cold storage to maintain quality and prevent damage by diseases and pests.
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There are concerns about the decline in Jeju buckwheat quality due to the monsoon rain that began on the 20th. The Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Agricultural Research and Extension Services (Director Sang-Hwan Ko) stated that buckwheat that was not harvested during the rainy season needs to be harvested quickly and thoroughly managed to prepare for quality decline. According to the Jeju Island Agricultural Research and Extension Services, buckwheat is harvested when about 75-80% of the seeds are black and mature, and during spring cultivation, the rainy season often overlaps with this period. In buckwheat, when it rains or the humidity is high, the risk of ‘sub-germination’, which occurs when sprouts germinate on ripening ears, increases, and seed drying is delayed even after harvest, reducing yield and quality. The Jeju Island Agricultural Research and Extension Services advised that, especially if buckwheat is harvested early next month, it is important to thresh and dry ...
Source: JejuIlbo
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