There hasn’t been a lot of rain in Australia this year.
However, the chickpeas crop coming from the Land Down Undaa isn’t that small
Pulse crops are noticeably smaller year-over-year but mostly larger in the grand scheme of things.
Aussie chickpeas acreage in 2017/18, compared to the 5-year average, is 76% higher at 2.83 million acres.
That’s more than the acreage of American durum, oats, or barley this year!
It’s nearly equal to the amount of oats planted in Canada in 2016
However, the dry weather has had an impact on production.
In 2016/17, Australian producers planted 2.64 million acres of chickpeas and produced just over 2 million tonnes.
This year, in 2017/18, acreage was up by 7% to the previously-mentioned area of 2.83 million acres.
However, just over 1 million tonnes of chickpeas got harvested.
If you’re not picking up on the math, that’s nearly a 50% reduction in production, despite acres actually going higher!
Last year, 88% of those 2 million tonnes of Aussie chickpeas were exported. Might be it be the same this year?
What we do know is that there is a pretty big crop of pulses going into the ground in India this rabi / winter growing season.