April 29 – Chickpeas Weekly GrainCents Digest

StatsCan shocked the chickpeas market a bit by reporting 346,200 chickpeas acres in 2018/19, up 116% year-over-year, 125% higher from the five-year average.

This past Friday, on April 27, Statistics Canada released its farmer-survey-based results of 2018 acreage intentions of Canadian farmers. Going into the report, the market had a pretty wide range of expectations, ranging from 197,600 and 300,000 acres of chickpeas.

Instead, StatsCan shocked the chickpeas market a bit by saying that Canadian farmers will plant 346,200 acres of chickpeas in 2018/19. This is up 116% year-over-year and 125% higher from the five-year average.

Saskatchewan farmers are owning the majority of the increase, up 75% or 160,000 acres year-over-year to 279,200 acres. Next door in Alberta, farmers in the Wild Rose province are expected to plant 67,000 acres of chickpeas. This is notable as StatsCan has not reported a chickpeas acreage estimate for Alberta since 2012 when they estimated 20,000 acres.

Last month, the USDA reported that roughly 665,000 acres of chickpeas to get planted this spring in the US.  If the large Canadian estimate of 346,200 acres of chickpeas is accurate, the total North American chickpeas acreage will burst above 1 million acres!

Thus, we could argue that StatsCan report is bearish for chickpeas prices.

Other than the StatsCan report though, there wasn’t much to report on the chickpeas market this week. Fundamentally-speaking and forward-looking, the next questions that will need to be answered are 1) is there enough soil moisture to plant this large of a chickpeas crop and 2) if the Plant 2018 schedule is behind, could we see lower acres?

Going forward, we’re going to be looking more closely at soil moisture and precipitation in Western Canada to get a better understanding where this market may pop up to on weather alone. We’ll also be exploring seeding campaign schedules and how they compare to final production numbers while trying to account for weather variations as much as possible.

On the chickpeas sales front, we are sold out on 2017/18 old crop, well ahead of the price decline we’ve seen over the past 2 months.

On the 2018/19 new-crop, if you’re not yet at 15% sold mark then you should post your new crop chickpeas on the FarmLead Marketplace.

Have a great week!

– Brennan, Garrett, and Adrian




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About the Author
Brennan Turner

Brennan Turner is the CEO of FarmLead.com, North America’s Grain Marketplace. He holds a degree in economics from Yale University and spent time on Wall Street in commodity trade and analysis before starting FarmLead. In 2017, Brennan was named to Fast Company’s List of Most Creative People in Business and, in 2018, a Henry Crown Fellow. He is originally from Foam Lake, Saskatchewan where his family started farming the land nearly 100 years ago (and still do to this day!). Brennan's unique grain markets analysis can be found in everything from small-town print newspapers to large media outlets such as Bloomberg and Reuters.