FAQ #2 Lentil Crop Forecast
REGINA - Sep 19/19 - SNS -- Initial bgrade sptread estmates by crop reporters in Saskatchewan suggest this year's lentil and dry field pea crops will have a fair average quality (FAQ) of No 2 Canada.
With the lentil harvest now 75% complete and peas 79%, crop reporters say of the samples they have seen, 31% of the peas appear to grading No 1 Canada, while 58% are No 2, 10% No 3 and 1% sample grade. For lentils, grade estimates so far are 16% No 1 Canada, 55% No 2, 22% NO 3 nd Extra 3, and 5% sample grade.
The past week saw good harvest progress in the province because warm weather and wind allowed combining to resume. Of all crops grown in the provicne, an estimated 23% are in the bin, up from 18% last week, but well below the recent average of half complete by this time. An estimated 36% of the crop is now swathed or ready to straight-cut.
China Expects Smaller Bean Harvest
WASHINGTON - Sep 18/19 - SNS -- Production of dry edible beans and other pulses could drop 10% this year in China to around 4.4 million metric tons (MT) because of lower seeded area and unfavorable growing conditions, believes the U.S. agricultural attache for the country.
"Low pulse prices (especially for mung and adzuki) helped drive plantings down year-over-year. China's annual pulse consumption per-capita is roughly 1.7 kilograms, leading East Asia as the fastest growing market.
"Pulses are increasingly deemed as a healthy and convenient food option. Rising incomes and greater nutrition awareness (health benefits of high fiber and vegetable protein diets) have strengthened demand. Robust demand is especially evident for dried peas (food and feed use), which are the fastest expanding market for pulses," the agricultural attache wrote.
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