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Pulses: Frost damage reported in Victoria

By Dave Sims, Commodity News Service Canada

Winnipeg, January 19 (CNS) – The USDA has raised its production estimates for the United States chickpea crop in 2017. The agency pegged the harvest at 315,603 tonnes. That compares to just 250,000 tonnes the year before. Bigger calibre varieties constituted a large amount of the crop, coming in at 73,211 tonnes. That is higher than last year’s total of 65,409.
Deliveries of lentils and chickpeas from Australia’s Victoria region are showing signs of frost damage. According to a report on The Stockjournal.com, production in the region turned out as expected but the quality was affected by frost and rain events. It still may not be enough to raise prices in the region though as tariffs imposed by India continue to pressure the market.

On the Canadian Prairies, French #1 lentils rose six cents and are now going for 31 to 38 cents per pound, according to the latest information from the Prairie Ag Hot Wire.
Yellow peas are now listed at C$5.75 to C$7.25 a bushel.
Green peas in North Dakota fell 75 cents last week and are listed at C$6.52 to C$8.38 a bushel.
Pinto beans are priced at 24.5 to 27 cents per pound.

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