Farmers Slashing Land in Kabuli Chickpeas



WASHINGTON - Mar 31/20 - SNS -- Farmers in the United States plan to slash land in chickpeas by 32% for an intended 306,000 acres, according to the USDA.

Small chickpea intentions, at 100,000 acres, are 5% below 2019, while large chickpea intentions, at 206,000 acres, are expected to decrease 41% from the previous year. If realized, chickpea acreage will be at the lowest level since 2015.

Chickpea Area Planted - States and United States: 2018-2020
[Beginning in 2019, chickpeas are excluded from dry edible beans]
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                                        :                                 Area planted
             Size and State             :-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                        :       2018        :       2019        :      2020 1/      :    Percent of
                                        :                   :                   :                   :   previous year
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                                        :       ---------------- 1,000 acres ----------------              percent
                                        :
Small chickpeas 2/                      :
California .............................:         (D)                 (D)                 (D)                (D)
Colorado 3/ ............................:         (D)                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
Idaho ..................................:        62.0                20.0                12.0                 60
Michigan 3/ ............................:           -                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
Minnesota 3/ ...........................:           -                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
Montana ................................:         (D)                51.0                56.0                110
Nebraska 3/ ............................:         (D)                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
North Dakota ...........................:        18.4                 (D)                 (D)                (D)
Texas 3/ ...............................:         (D)                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
Washington .............................:        70.0                25.0                22.0                 88
Wyoming 3/ .............................:           -                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
                                        :
Other States 4/ ........................:        75.3                 9.0                10.0                111
                                        :
United States ..........................:       225.7               105.0               100.0                 95
                                        :
Large chickpeas 5/                      :
California .............................:         (D)                 (D)                 (D)                (D)
Colorado 3/ ............................:         (D)                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
Idaho ..................................:        72.0                68.0                50.0                 74
Michigan 3/ ............................:           -                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
Minnesota 3/ ...........................:         (D)                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
Montana ................................:         (D)               148.0                83.0                 56
Nebraska 3/ ............................:         (D)                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
North Dakota ...........................:        96.0                 (D)                 (D)                (D)
Texas 3/ ...............................:         (D)                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
Washington .............................:       120.0                85.0                54.0                 64
Wyoming 3/ .............................:         (D)                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
                                        :
Other States 4/ ........................:       349.5                45.4                19.0                 42
                                        :
United States ..........................:       637.5               346.4               206.0                 59
                                        :
All chickpeas                           :
California .............................:        15.1                13.4                12.0                 90
Colorado 3/ ............................:         (D)                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
Idaho ..................................:       134.0                88.0                62.0                 70
Michigan 3/ ............................:           -                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
Minnesota 3/ ...........................:         (D)                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
Montana ................................:       390.0               199.0               139.0                 70
Nebraska 3/ ............................:        12.7                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
North Dakota ...........................:       114.4                41.0                17.0                 41
Texas 3/ ...............................:         (D)                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
Washington .............................:       190.0               110.0                76.0                 69
Wyoming 3/ .............................:         (D)                (NA)                (NA)                (X)
                                        :
Other States 4/ ........................:         7.0                   -                   -                (X)
                                        :
United States ..........................:       863.2               451.4               306.0                 68
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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 2020 as indicated by reports from farmers.
2/   Chickpeas 20/64 inches or smaller.
3/   Estimates discontinued in 2019.
4/   Includes data withheld above.
5/   Chickpeas larger than 20/64 inches.