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Growing Chickpea in North Dakota (05/14/20)

NDSU authors have recently revised the “Growing Chickpea in North Dakota” (A1236 Figure 1).

NDSU authors have recently revised the “Growing Chickpea in North Dakota” (A1236 Figure 1). The publication is intended for agricultural producers growing chickpea as a crop. The text covers basic plant adaptation, crop production, variety and field selection, fertilization, inoculation, seeding, weed control, diseases, insects, rotational benefits and harvesting.

Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) is classified as kabuli or desi type, based primarily on seed color and shape. Kabuli chickpea, sometimes called garbanzo bean, has a white to cream-colored seed coat with a “ram’s head” shape and range in size from small to large (greater than 100 to less than 50 seeds per ounce). Desi chickpea has a pigmented (tan to black) seed coat and small, angular seeds.

Before selecting a variety, contact potential buyers to ensure it is accepted in the market you are targeting. Variety information is available on the NDSU variety trial website at

Chickpea yields range widely in North Dakota. Although some varieties possess some level of Ascochyta tolerance, many varieties have very low levels of tolerance. Pythium, Rhizoctonia, and Ascochyta blight are the primary diseases of concern in chickpea production, and without proper management, severe losses may result.



Hans Kandel

Extension Agronomist Broadleaf Crops



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