U.S. Chickpea Area Plunges 35%



WASHINGTON - Jun 28/19 - SNS -- Area planted for all chickpeas for the 2019 crop year is estimated at 559,500 acres, down 35% from the previous year, according to the USDA's seeded area estimates for 2019.

Area harvested is forecast at 547,700 acres, 35% below 2018 and, if realized, the lowest total since 2016.

Small chickpea area planted is estimated at 125,000 acres, down 44% from 2018. Area harvested for small chickpeas is forecast at 122,400 acres, a 44% decline from 2018.

Area planted for large chickpeas in 2019 is estimated at 434,500 acres, a 32% decline from the previous year. Large chickpea area harvested is forecast at 425,300 acres, a 32% decline from 2018.

Montana experienced relatively cool and wet weather during April with mixed, but drier, conditions during May. Early spring planting and crop emergence were delayed in areas due to wet soil and cool temperatures. By the end of May, several northern county reporters noted hot temperatures and high winds quickly dried soil out and rain was needed. In California, planting for chickpeas was completed in June.

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

Chickpea Area Planted and Harvested - States and United States: 2018 and 2019
[Beginning in 2019, chickpeas are excluded from dry edible beans]
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                              :         Area planted          :        Area harvested
        Size and State        :---------------------------------------------------------------
                              :     2018      :     2019      :     2018      :    2019 1/
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                              :                          1,000 acres
                              :
Small chickpeas 2/            :
California ...................:         -               -               -               -
Colorado 3/ ..................:         -            (NA)               -            (NA)
Idaho ........................:      62.0            30.0            61.7            29.8
Michigan 3/ ..................:         -            (NA)               -            (NA)
Minnesota 3/ .................:         -            (NA)               -            (NA)
Montana ......................:       (D)            50.0             (D)            48.0
Nebraska 3/ ..................:       (D)            (NA)             (D)            (NA)
North Dakota .................:      18.4            10.0            17.8             9.7
Texas 3/ .....................:         -            (NA)               -            (NA)
Washington ...................:      70.0            35.0            69.8            34.9
Wyoming 3/ ...................:         -            (NA)               -            (NA)
                              :
Other States 4/ ..............:      72.3               -            70.3               -
                              :
United States ................:     222.7           125.0           219.6           122.4
                              :
Large chickpeas 5/            :
California ...................:      15.1            14.5            15.0            14.3
Colorado 3/ ..................:       (D)            (NA)             (D)            (NA)
Idaho ........................:      72.0            60.0            71.5            59.5
Michigan 3/ ..................:         -            (NA)               -            (NA)
Minnesota 3/ .................:       (D)            (NA)             (D)            (NA)
Montana ......................:       (D)           200.0             (D)           195.0
Nebraska 3/ ..................:       (D)            (NA)             (D)            (NA)
North Dakota .................:      96.0            65.0            90.0            62.0
Texas 3/ .....................:         -            (NA)               -            (NA)
Washington ...................:     120.0            95.0           119.5            94.5
Wyoming 3/ ...................:       (D)            (NA)             (D)            (NA)
                              :
Other States 4/ ..............:     333.8               -           327.2               -
                              :
United States ................:     636.9           434.5           623.2           425.3
                              :
All chickpeas                 :
California ...................:      15.1            14.5            15.0            14.3
Colorado 3/ ..................:       (D)            (NA)             (D)            (NA)
Idaho ........................:     134.0            90.0           133.2            89.3
Michigan 3/ ..................:         -            (NA)               -            (NA)
Minnesota 3/ .................:       (D)            (NA)             (D)            (NA)
Montana ......................:     390.0           250.0           382.0           243.0
Nebraska 3/ ..................:      12.5            (NA)            12.0            (NA)
North Dakota .................:     114.4            75.0           107.8            71.7
Texas 3/ .....................:         -            (NA)               -            (NA)
Washington ...................:     190.0           130.0           189.3           129.4
Wyoming 3/ ...................:       (D)            (NA)             (D)            (NA)
                              :
Other States 4/ ..............:       3.6               -             3.5               -
                              :
United States ................:     859.6           559.5           842.8           547.7
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-    Represents zero.
(D)  Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
(NA) Not available.
1/   Forecasted.
2/   Chickpeas (or Garbanzo beans) smaller than 20/64 inches.
3/   Estimates discontinued in 2019.
4/   Includes data withheld above.
5/   Chickpeas (or Garbanzo beans) larger than 20/64 inches.