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Pulses: Australian pulse farmers ponder acreage

By Dave Sims, Commodity News Service Canada

Winnipeg, January 17 (CNS) – Farmers in Australia are
beginning to plan out their next crop. However, many are
wondering how many pulses to plant now that India has slapped
crippling sanctions on them. A report on Graincentral.com says
many farmers may wait to the last minute to see if India lowers
the tariffs, what moisture levels are like and what disease
threats are present before they make a final decision.
A lack of rain in North Dakota in 2017 had a crippling

effect on most of the state’s crop. However, dry beans were one
of the few exceptions, setting record highs on a yearly basis.
According to a report on Capital Press, dry bean production was
up 39 per cent.
The USDA has put out a tender for 41,000 hundredweight
(CWT) of dry edible beans for its nutrition program.
On the Canadian Prairies, Kabuli #1 chickpeas (10mm) are
hanging steady at 74 to 75 cents per pound, according to the
latest information from the Prairie Ag Hot Wire.
Eston #1 lentils are also holding firm at 26 to 30 cents
per pound.
Green peas are locked in a range of C$7.00 to C$8.25 a
bushel. However, green peas in North Dakota dropped 75 cents to
a range of C$7.14 to C$8.38 per bushel.
Black beans are priced at 27 to 31 cents per pound.

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