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Pulses: Dry edible beans becoming alternative for northern US

By Dave Sims, Commodity News Service Canada

Winnipeg, February 14 – Prices for pinto beans in Western
Canada were hanging steady at 37.5 cents per pound. Navy beans
were also firm at 41 cents per pound.
Feed peas in Saskatchewan fell by 25 cents per pound last
week to a range of C$3.40-$6.60 a bushel.
Eston number one lentils have softened over the past month,
shedding two cents to fall to a range of 53 to 66 cents per
pound.
According to the latest information from Statistics Canada,

1.6 million tonnes of lentils were either exported or consumed
domestically in Canada in the first five months of 2016/17.
However, a report on the Alberta Pulse website notes this is
below last year’s total at this time of 1.7 million tonnes.
A recent conference in Minot, North Dakota revealed some
interesting trends about the US pulse market. According to the
report on Agweek.com, pulses continue to grow in popularity
among northern US farmers. Good prices, consumer interest and a
favourable, dry climate are some of the reasons for their
popularity. The North Dakota State University Extension service
also found that dry edible beans are another crop that can be
profitable in much of the state. Currently lentils and chickpeas
tend to be grown in Western North Dakota due to disease issues
but the beans are another viable alternative.

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