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Northern Plains Student Pulse Ag Mag

AgMag Pulse Crops
AgMag Pulse Crops

Northern Plains Student Ag Mag - Pulse Crops

Northern plains states farmers in Montana and North Dakota and other nearby states raise pulse crops which help to feed the world. Montana and North Dakota alone account for over 80% of all dry pea and lentil production for the entire United States. Pulse crops include dry peas, dry beans, lentils, and chickpeas. Pulse crops are part of a plant family called legumes. Legumes may be either perennial crops like alfalfa and clover or annual crops like pulse crops. It is the dry seeds from pulse crops which are harvested for food; all pulse crop seeds come from pods which are allowed to dry prior to harvesting. Th e word pulse is derived from the [Middle English] word pols or pulse, relating to pottage or thick soup. Split pea soup is one type of soup made with dry peas; easy to see why pulse can mean thick soup! Pulse crops are the main diet in many countries today and have been in the past. Th ere are also other types of dry legumes such as soy beans and peanuts, but these are not considered pulse crops.


This publication was developed by The Montana Department of Agriculture.

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Development of many of the materials on this website was made possible, in part, with funding from the Northern Pulse Growers Association.

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