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Buckwheat: A Hazard for Montana’s Export Markets

As farmers finalize spring planting, remember the importance of keeping Montana grain exports free from buckwheat contamination. Food safety is an important factor for purchasers of Montana’s wheat. Montana exports most of its wheat to Asian countries in the Pacific Rim. Human populations in Asian countries have buckwheat allergies that are more common than in other parts of the world.

Buckwheat seed has the potential to contaminate commodity wheat crops when grown prior or adjacent to wheat, which causes major issues for wheat exports to Japan...