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US dry pea, lentil production plummets; ND, Montana producers suffer

Published 11/15/2008, Associated Press

Many pea and lentil farmers in Montana and North Dakota - the nation's top producing states - found themselves unlucky this year as drought depleted their crops. Production plummeted in the two states that typically account for two-thirds of the nation's lentil crop and more than three-fourths of the dry peas. The most recent Agriculture Department data show U.S. pea production down 24 percent from last year and lentils down 30 percent.

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