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Pulse Convention Looks Toward 2014

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Commodity prices are down from highs of a few years ago, but the president of the Northern Pulse Growers Association says he is still hopeful the crops continue to find a home in North Dakota and Montana soil this upcoming planting season.

Beau Anderson opened the 21st annual convention for that group in Minot today.

He says even with prices down from highs a few years ago, pulse crops still have a very bright future in the region.

Producers were on hand today hearing from industry experts on some of the latest research conducted, and what is expected moving forward with the pea, beans, and lentils.

Anderson says while the commodity price may be down, the input cost is still relatively low...so there is profit there for the taking still.

(Beau Anderson - NPGA President) "We are used to lower commodity prices but if you can figure out a way to put a pulse crop in the rotation and still make a little bit of money...the alternative in my area by Williston used to be summer foul, so it is still increasing your farm income and also giving you the benefits of putting a crop out there and fixating nitrogen for next year."

The convention runs through tomorrow at the Holiday Inn in Minot.

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