An Estimated 416,940 MT of US Chickpeas Production in 2018

Today, we got the USDA’s first projections for the 2018/19 crop. These give grain markets an idea of chickpeas production and demand.

Today, we got the USDA’s first projections for the 2018/19 crop. In addition to giving grain markets an idea of what production numbers are going to be around the world, they also gave us a look at the demand side.

For chickpeas, the USDA doesn’t actually provide a projection until later in the growing season but, given the focus being around production, we took our own stab at the production.

This year, the USDA is estimating that American farmers will plant 665,000 acres of chickpeas, which is up 7.5% year over year. Historically speaking, 98.1% of the planted acres of chickpeas gets harvested, which means that this year, it can be postulated that American farmers will combine 652,188 acres of chickpeas.

Using the average yield of the last 5 years of 1,409 lbs/acre, it can be forecasted that the American farmer will produce 416,940 tonnes of chickpeas. Compared to last year’s production 313,158 tonnes, this would mean that this year’s American chickpeas harvest will be 33% higher.

The production increase in 2018/19 could happen because of the acreage increase but also worth noting is the that last year’s chickpeas yields in the US were relatively low because of the dry conditions. 

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Brennan Turner

Brennan Turner is the CEO of, 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.