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Many factors are driving the growth of the pulse industry in Montana. One factor is improved availability of information. The links below provide access to a wide array of useful resources for pulse growers on the following topics: industry dynamics, market information, and crop production guidance.


Statistics show that the total acreage of chickpeas, dry peas, and lentils in Montana is expected to ride by nearly 1.5 million acres by 2019.

Click here to see the 5-year projection chart for Montana.


Along with acreage increase, we are also seeing a rise in revenue generation for farmers who are exporting pulse crops.

Click here to see how export revenue has risen for Montana farmers.


The market for pulse products is diverse and global. Montana currently exports whole pulses to countries such as India, Japan, and Pakistan where pulses are a major food staple. The properties of pulse ingredients open the doors wide to opportunities for product development as well. Pulses can be milled and separated (fractionated) into highly functional components (protein, fiber, and starch) utilized to enhance processed foods in domestic and global markets.



To view pulse crop acreage at the county level categorized by crop type, click on the year's data you would like to review.

2015 Pulse Acreage Numbers

2014 Pulse Acreage Numbers 

2013 Pulse Acreage Numbers


The Montana Department of Agriculture created these maps using USDA Farm Service Agency reported acres data, and has access to this data for the past seven years. To see previous years data, please contact Treston Vermandel of the Montana Department of Agriculture.



2013 was a record-setting year in Montana for pea acreage and total pulse crop acreage. To see how Montana state-wide and regional pulse crop acreage has increased, download the following charts. The Montana Department of Agriculture created these charts using USDA Farm Service Agency reported acres data.


Montana Statewide Pulse Crop Acreage Chart (1998 – 2013)

Montana Regional Pulse Crop Acreage Chart (1998 – 2013)

Montana Regional Pea Acreage Chart (1998 – 2013)

Montana Regional Lentil Acreage Chart (1998 – 2013)



The nutritional benefits of pulses are outstanding, both as whole and fractionated food products for humans and as feed for livestock of all kinds. For example, check out this nutritional analysis of yellow peas, and the associated finished feed analysis of yellow peas. The numbers speak for themselves! If you are interested in the nutritional content of other pulse crops, contact Treston Vermandel.




The Montana Department of Agriculture authored a paper which discusses the current and potential future impacts of pulse production in Montana.

Click HERE to read the entire report.


Interested in accessing funds to determine if pulse products can increase your farm's bottom line? The Montana Pulse Advisory Committee manages a research and development program for pulse products in Montana.

Click HERE to learn more about the 2016 R&D RFP.



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Montana Pulse Day



Treston Vermandel
Eastern Business Development Specialist
Agriculture Development & Marketing Bureau
Phone: (406)860-7480
E-mail: Tvermandel@mt.gov



Published: April 23, 2012 2:59:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: November 30, 2015 4:06:04 PM MST