Pulse crops: A growing market

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GRANT, Neb. The University of Nebraska hosted a special conference today, January 18th, 2018 that hundreds of farmers across the state attended.

As crop prices are down, farmers across the state are seeking alternative options.

"Nobody wants to see where [crop prices] are at and that does feed into the pulse crop market but I think a couple other things helping it out is you know guys want to figure out how to make more money. guys want to figure out how to replace summer fallow," says Mason Nicklaus, a specialty grains buyer."

In Grant, University of Nebraska experts shared with farmers the benefits of an emerging market for pulse crops that could be a game changer.

"Pulses such as garbanzo beans, chickpeas, lentils, field peas, those are becoming more important as grains phase out those pulses can come in," says Christian Evans, with Grain Place Foods.

As the market widens, farmers are seeing more benefits than just additional revenue.

"With the additional nitrogen fixation that happens in the soil you are able to get some better yields for traditional crops that people want to have in their rotation," says Mark Obrist, with The Redwood Group.

By using pulse crop, industry insiders say that it allows farmers to get full potential from their land.

"They work good in the no till, they work good drilled they fill the void of summer fallow which covers a lot of acres out here," says Steve Tucker with Agriforce.

More importantly, its a wide open market for farmers to explore and gain some much needed financial relief.

"It's been a niche in the market and theres a lot of demand now for vegetable proteins. So, theres a huge growing demand for this type of product [that] just gives us another avenue, another crop and another source of income," says Tucker.