Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Pulse Crops Make Transition from Cover to Cash Crops



This week the Montana Department of Agriculture hosted a very success Pulse Day in Great Falls with over 300 growers from across the region in attendance, proving the interest is there when it comes to raising pulses like peas, lentils and chick peas. And why wouldn’t there be? From the early days of using pulse crops strictly as a cover crop to get more yield out of next year’s wheat and barley crops to now being very lucrative cash crops themselves, pulse crops are proving their value to Montana's farmers.  


The Northern Ag Network’s Russell Nemetz was at Montana Pulse Day which brought together growers with industry and university extension professionals, and learned why it's an exciting time to be involved in the pulse industry.  


The Montana NASS provided the following census information about pulse crops in Montana.  Did you know that in 2014, Montana was ranked number 1 in the U.S. for production of Dry Edible Peas and Lentils?  



Interested in finding out more information about pulse crops?  Be sure to check out the following video from the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council.



Source: Northern Ag Network-Russell Nemetz

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