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Pulse Crop Production Guide (07/11/19)

North Dakota growers continue to be the number one producers of dry field pea in the U.S., harvesting 365,000 acres of the crop in 2018.

North Dakota growers continue to be the numbeplsc.1r one producers of dry field pea in the U.S., harvesting 365,000 acres of the crop in 2018. In 2018, North Dakota famers harvested 175,000 acres of lentil, the second largest acreage in the nation after Montana, where producers harvested 450,000 acres.

North Dakota harvested 13 % of the nation’s chickpea acres and had the fourth largest number of acres harvested in U.S. in 2018.

The new Pulse Crop Production Field Guide,” a spiral-bound pocket-sized publication, has information about field pea, chickpea, and lentil production. Chapters are divided in sub sections covering variety considerations, growth and development of the three species, crop rotations, field selection and preparation, planting date guidelines, seeding rates, frost tolerance and damage, soil fertility requirements, weed control, insect pest and disease management, harvest management, drying, storage and marketing. The publication lists websites and other resources with additional information, and has several photos of agronomy issues, insects, and diseases.

The online version of the guide is available at:

The Pulse Grower Association partially funded publication of “Pulse Crop Production Field Guide for North Dakota.”




Hans Kandel

Extension Agronomist Broadleaf Crops

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