U.S. Chickpea Inventories Up Sharply



WASHINGTON - Jun 30/20 - SNS -- Farms and processing plants in the United States are holding significantly more chickpeas than was the case last year, according to thew USDA's June 1 stocks in all positions report.

Interestingly, while inventories on farms dropped, stock held by commercial entities increased. The biggest increase was for small caliber chickpeas, with large caliber product only slightly higher than last year.

Chickpea Stocks by Position - United States: June 1, 2019 and 2020
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         :               2019                :               2020
                         :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
           Crop          :    On     :    Off    : Total all :    On     :    Off    : Total all
                         :   farms   : farms 1/  : positions :   farms   : farms 1/  : positions
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         :                               1,000 cwt
Chickpeas ...............:   1,463       2,422       3,885       1,074       3,256       4,330
  Small 2/ ..............:      80         887         967          27       1,372       1,399
  Large 3/ ..............:   1,383       1,535       2,918       1,047       1,884       2,931
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1/ Includes stocks at mills, elevators, warehouses, terminals, and processors.
2/ Chickpeas 20/64 inch or smaller.
3/ Chickpeas larger than 20/64 inch.