Tim McGreery hasn’t seen prices this low for pulse crops in 12 years. Peas, he said, are down 25 percent, lentils 40 percent and chickpeas 50 percent.
McGreery, chief executive officer of the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, based in Moscow, Idaho, said tariffs in India and China—formerly the two top international destinations for U.S. pulse crops—are “definitely having an impact.”
“We’ve been completely shut out of those markets until this tariff issue gets resolved,” he said. “When you take your two top markets, and they are combined taking 40 percent of your exports—wow, that’s a big lift.”
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