Canola to be up, chickpeas down this year

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KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - The amount of canola grown in Washington is expected to grow for the fourth consecutive year, but chickpea plantings may level off after more than a decade of booming production.

That’s according to a recent forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Tri-City Herald says the report also predicts the state will produce more dried peas and wheat this year, with corn and hay acreage stabilizing.

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, have been a success story for Eastern Washington farmers because of rising demand for hummus.

Washington has become the top grower in the nation of chickpeas, reaching a record 92,000 acres last year. But plantings are expected to drop by 2,000 acres this year.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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