Drought problems continue to plague the chickpea crop in Australia. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics predicts this year’s chickpea production drop by 36 percent. Production is expected to drop by nearly 700,000 tonnes or 45 percent over last year. Lentils are also having a tough time. This year’s harvest is expected to fall by 41 percent to 338,000 tonnes. Drought in the US Northern Plains is cited as one of the key factors behind the drop. The total Canadian pea carryout for the current marketing year is projected to hit 400,000 tonnes, which would surpass the previous estimate of just 50,000 tonnes.