Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Legume plantings up?

More and More acres of Garbanzo beans planted this year 

Lewiston-With flat wheat prices, many Palouse farmers are going to legumes also known as chickpeas and garbanzo beans.

With low prices for wheat producers are looking for different ways to break even. Soft white wheat and club wheat— were selling for $4.67 to $4.90 a bushel last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Portland, thats below break even point.

Washington Wheat Commission member Gary Bailey told the Lewiston Tribune that many farmers are looking for a money making crop thats not water and labor intensive. He says garbanzo seed is flying off the shelves with hopes that they'll bring in more money come harvest time.

Sam White of the Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative in Genesee, Idaho says there hasn't been a wheat crop failure in three years, with Russia, Ukraine and Argentina all harvesting good crops last year and he says buyers are looking for a change.

There's been some frost and snow in the midwest and that could bring wheat prices up, but many producers think at this point legumes are looking like the best prospect until the market improves.

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