Submitted to: Proceedings for the Lentil Focus National Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/15/2003
Publication Date: 10/15/2002
Citation: MUEHLBAUER, F.J., MCPHEE, K.E. FURTURE OF NORTH AMERICAN LENTIL PRODUCTION. PROCEEDINGS for the Lentil Focus National Conference. 2002. p. 30-34.
Technical Abstract: Large areas of North America are well suited to lentil production including the so-called 'Palouse' region of eastern Washington and northern Idaho with its rolling hills and favorable climate, the Canadian prairie provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta, and the Northern Plains States of North Dakota and Montana. These areas usually have sufficient rainfall during the winter months or during the early part of the growing season as well as a prolonged dry period near the end of the growing season that is ideal for maturation and harvesting. Production of high quality crops is generally expected but vagaries of weather sometimes cause significant problems. History of lentil production, trends and effects of external factors such as government payments, transportation advantages and the recently enacted U.S. Farm Bill are discussed in this paper.