Pulses: Australian chickpeas hit hard by weather

By Dave Sims, Commodity News Service Canada

Winnipeg, December 8 (CNS) – A season full of hot weather, frost and torrential rain storms took its toll on Australia’s chickpea harvest, according to a report on graincentral.com. Pulse Australia CEO Nick Goddard said the crop in central Queensland came out rather well, but the same couldn’t be said for the southeast portion of the country. A lack of subsoil moisture was one of the key reasons behind the disappointing showing.
The USDA purchased a million pounds of dry edible beans for export to Nicaragua and Cameroon. The shipment includes small red, dark red kidney and pinto beans.

Green pea prices in Western Canada rose 50 cents over the past week, according to the latest information from the Prairie Ag Hotwire. Bids are listed at C$7.00 to C$8.50 a bushel.
Kabuli chickpeas (8 mm) fell five cents and are currently going for 40 to 41 cents per pound.
Bids for great northern beans were holding firm at 25.5 cents a pound.
Bids for black beans in North Dakota declined by one cent and are going for 33 cents a pound.

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