NW Crop Replacing Tobacco

NW Crop Replacing Tobacco

NW Crop Replacing Tobacco. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Line On Agriculture.

Regional crops have changed over the years and it’s interesting what crops move in to replace others. Take tobacco which has for years been a southern crop. Recently a lot of tobacco has been replaced with chickpeas, sometimes known as garbanzo beans. Todd Scholz, Director of Research & Information with the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council

SCHOLZ: The Virginia farmers are catching up.

What Scholz means is that growers in the northwest have been successfully producing chickpeas for years.

SCHOLZ: In the Pacific Northwest, pulses have been part of the rotation since 1920. So peas and lentils have been part of this region for a long time. In the last 5 to 10 years chickpeas have emerged and the prices are very nice and the return is very good and we have been very lucky for the last two to three years and there has been a real interest in chickpeas.

You might be curious as to what has spurred this new interest in expanding chickpeas.

SCHOLZ: It’s all because of hummus honestly. So it’s really exciting. You know here in the Palouse we have benefitted from hummus. We love it.

Hummus is an Arabic work that means chickpeas with tahini which is ground sesame seeds and a key component of hummus which is used as a spread or a dip. Try it.

That’s today’s Line On Agriculture. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network. 

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