plentywood Columbia grains pulse crop plant

Columbia Grains has just opened a new plant in Plentywood for pulse crops.

The grocery store’s dry beans and lentils section usually has a pretty small footprint, with not so many people hanging around. But then came coronavirus, and suddenly, there was renewed fervor for these shelf-stable commodities, which are affordable, versatile, and Mediterranean healthy in the kitchen.

That’s sparking a nice rally in commodity prices for things like dried beans — and a call from Columbia Grains, which recently opened a new elevator in Plentywood, Montana, for growers in the MonDak to consider planting more acres of such crops in their fields.

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