Bean Area May Inch Upward

WASHINGTON - Mar 31/15 - SNS -- Dry edible bean and chickpea seedings in the United States are expected to inch up just 1% to 1.74 million acres, according to the USDA's seeding intentions report for 2015.

Half of the 18 estimating States expect an increase in planted acres from last year. Colorado growers expect a 50% increase from the previous year, while in North Dakota, the largest producing State, planted area is expected to decrease by 20,000 acres, or 3%, from 2014.

Expected area planted for all chickpeas is 196,900 acres, down 8% from last season. Small chickpeas, at 69,500 acres, is 4% above 2014, while large chickpeas, at 127,400 acres, decreased 14% from the previous year.

Record Field Pea Area Forecast

WASHINGTON - Mar 31/15 - SNS -- There will be a net increase in field pea plantings in the United States this year if farmers sick with their plans, according to the USDA's seeding intentions report for 2015.

Land in field peas is expected to total a record 1.01 million acres, up 7% from 2014. Prospective plantings are up in Montana and North Dakota, down in Idaho and Oregon, and expected to be the same in Washington. If realized, Montana's expected planted area, at 570,000 acres, will be a record high.

By contrast, intended area for Austrian winter peas is estimated at 20,000 acres, down 17% from 2014. Growers in Idaho and Oregon showed no acreage change from 2014, while Montana farmers anticipate lower plantings from a year ago.

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