Chickpea Area Down Just 40%



WASHINGTON - Mar 29/19 - SNS -- Expected area planted for all chickpeas is 519,000 acres, down 40% from last season, according to this year's USDA seeding intentions report.

Small chickpea intentions, at 137,000 acres, are 38% below 2018, while large chickpeas, at 382,000 acres, are expected to decrease 40% from the previous year. If realized, small, large, and all chickpea acreage will be at their lowest level since 2016.

Beginning in 2019, chickpea estimates were discontinued in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Wyoming.

Chickpea Area Planted - States and United States: 2017-2019
[Beginning in 2019, chickpeas are excluded from dry edible beans]
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                                        :                                 Area planted
             Size and State             :-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                        :       2017        :       2018        :      2019 1/      :    Percent of
                                        :                   :                   :                   :   previous year
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                                        :       ---------------- 1,000 acres ----------------              percent
                                        :
Small chickpeas 2/                      :
California .............................:           -                   -                   -                (X)
Colorado 3/ ............................:           -                   -                (NA)                (X)
Idaho ..................................:        46.0                62.0                40.0                 65
Michigan 3/ ............................:           -                   -                (NA)                (X)
Minnesota 3/ ...........................:           -                   -                (NA)                (X)
Montana ................................:         (D)                 (D)                45.0                (D)
Nebraska 3/ ............................:         (D)                 (D)                (NA)                (X)
North Dakota ...........................:        13.2                18.4                10.0                 54
Texas 3/ ...............................:           -                   -                (NA)                (X)
Washington .............................:        52.0                70.0                42.0                 60
Wyoming 3/ .............................:           -                   -                (NA)                (X)
                                        :
Other States 4/ ........................:        68.3                72.3                   -                (X)
                                        :
United States ..........................:       179.5               222.7               137.0                 62
                                        :
Large chickpeas 5/                      :
California .............................:        15.4                15.1                15.0                 99
Colorado 3/ ............................:         (D)                 (D)                (NA)                (X)
Idaho ..................................:        71.0                72.0                44.0                 61
Michigan 3/ ............................:           -                   -                (NA)                (X)
Minnesota 3/ ...........................:         (D)                 (D)                (NA)                (X)
Montana ................................:         (D)                 (D)               190.0                (D)
Nebraska 3/ ............................:         (D)                 (D)                (NA)                (X)
North Dakota ...........................:        30.6                96.0                65.0                 68
Texas 3/ ...............................:           -                   -                (NA)                (X)
Washington .............................:       120.0               120.0                68.0                 57
Wyoming 3/ .............................:         (D)                 (D)                (NA)                (X)
                                        :
Other States 4/ ........................:       209.0               333.8                   -                (X)
                                        :
United States ..........................:       446.0               636.9               382.0                 60
                                        :
All chickpeas                           :
California .............................:        15.4                15.1                15.0                 99
Colorado 3/ ............................:         (D)                 (D)                (NA)                (X)
Idaho ..................................:       117.0               134.0                84.0                 63
Michigan 3/ ............................:           -                   -                (NA)                (X)
Minnesota 3/ ...........................:         (D)                 (D)                (NA)                (X)
Montana ................................:       269.0               390.0               235.0                 60
Nebraska 3/ ............................:         (D)                12.5                (NA)                (X)
North Dakota ...........................:        43.8               114.4                75.0                 66
Texas 3/ ...............................:           -                   -                (NA)                (X)
Washington .............................:       172.0               190.0               110.0                 58
Wyoming 3/ .............................:         (D)                 (D)                (NA)                (X)
                                        :
Other States 4/ ........................:         8.3                 3.6                   -                (X)
                                        :
United States ..........................:       625.5               859.6               519.0                 60
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-    Represents zero.
(D)  Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
(NA) Not available.
(X)  Not applicable.
1/   Intended plantings in 2019 as indicated by reports from farmers.
2/   Chickpeas smaller than 20/64 inches.
3/   Estimates discontinued in 2019.
4/   Includes data withheld above.
5/   Chickpeas larger than 20/64 inches.