MarketsFarm — Farmers in the U.S. intend to plant more edible bean acres in 2020, but will seed less area to peas, lentils and chickpeas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s prospective plantings report.
Edible bean area in the country is forecast at 1.372 million acres, which would be up roughly seven per cent from the previous year. North Dakota, the largest edible bean grower in the country, is forecast to seed 650,000 acres — a six per cent increase on the year.
Total U.S chickpea area is forecast at 306,000 acres, which would be a reduction of about 150,000 acres on the year and well below the 863,200 acres planted in 2018.
For peas, USDA forecasts a 12 per cent decline in seeded area, with plantings of 971,000 acres expected.
Meanwhile, U.S. lentil area is only forecast to be down by two per cent, at 474,000 acres.