Crop TypeWarm Season Legume
Seeds / Lb2,200
Minimum Germination Temperature42F

Chickpeas are a great option for limited rainfall areas and probably one of the best warm season legumes we’ve seen grow in Montana. With roots that go deeper than dry peas or lentils, it can tap into subsoil moisture. If using in a cover crop mix that is being planted in a pulse crop rotation that features chickpeas, it is best to leave it out of the mix because risk of disease. Chickpeas will flower which will attract beneficial insects. While chickpeas aren’t known for their weed suppressing abilities, they are ideal in mixes designed to be grazed.

Nitrogen Scavenger2
Soil Builder2
Prevent Erosion4
Weed Suppression2
Quick Growth4
Lasting Residue2
Make P and K Available2
Loosen Topsoil3
Suppress Disease2
Attract Beneficial Insects4

1 = Poor and 5 = Excellent