No, you dont want to mow buckwheat. When it is actively growing it is very attractive to deer. Once it goes to seed the deer are less interested but turkey, bear and grouse will use the plot. In addition the buckwheat will add alot of organic matter to the soil for future plots.
The deer never touched mine this year till it dried up and beacme yellow. Then they ate it hard for about 2 weeks. All around the week of early muzzleloader. It was mixed in with some oats and wheat. Never saw any turkey eating the seeds. What i need to find is something that peaks now. After the brassica forage is gone and before they hit the roots. Think i planted the wheat and oats too soon. Seeing deer in most cover crops, but my grass is a foot tall and not tender? Maybe a corn/ soy mix for this time as all the corn has been chopped and beans picked. If im planting for max forage can i plant corn in 6 inch rows?
This guy only uses Imperial Whitetail clover. He is in an area of Ohio that has lots of deer. He generally plants his clover/buckwheat in June. The Buckwheat shades and keeps the clover moist. The deer eat the BW so it doesn't get real tall. In mid August, he mows the BW to release the clover.
To be honest, he has always had trouble getting decent clover plots, but this combo has solved that problem.
The first time he did it, they had a terrible drought out there. We mowed that clover come August and that clover just took off and got real thick by October. I was amazed by it, but, understood why it worked.
Being senile, I may have already posted this. Buckwheat is called that because buckwheat seed are similar to beech seeds, athough smaller and darker. The german for beech seeds is "buc", hence bucwheat, then Buckwheat. Great green manure crop, cover crop but not high on deers favored fodders. (unfortunately, since I can grow this very easily up here in NNY)