Overall Increase in Pea, Lentil Inventories



WASHINGTON - Jun 30/20 - SNS -- Inventories of peas and lentils on hand on farms and processing plants in the United States were up over last year, according to thew USDA's June 1 stocks in all positions report.

A sharp drop in lentil stock of lentils in states covered by the USDA was more than offset by a steep rise in field pea inventories.

While lentil inventories were down across the marketing chain, field pea stocks were up, with the quantity held on farms more than doubling.

Pea and Lentil Stocks by Position - United States: June 1, 2019 and 2020
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                         :               2019                :               2020
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           Crop          :    On     :    Off    : Total all :    On     :    Off    : Total all
                         :   farms   : farms 1/  : positions :   farms   : farms 1/  : positions
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                         :                               1,000 cwt
Dry edible peas 2/ ......:   2,103       2,541       4,644       4,417       2,276       6,693
Lentils .................:   2,080       1,104       3,184         995         831       1,826
Austrian winter peas 3/ .:     (D)         (D)         177        (NA)        (NA)        (NA)
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(D)  Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
(NA) Not available.
1/   Includes stocks at mills, elevators, warehouses, terminals, and processors.
2/   Beginning in December 2019, dry edible peas includes Austrian winter peas and wrinkled seed
     peas.
3/   Beginning in December 2019, Austrian winter peas are included with dry edible peas.