Pulses and Special Crops
"pulses" refers to grain legumes including chickpeas, dry beans, dry peas and lentils. The term
"special crop" is used here to define a diverse group of crops including: pulses (chickpeas, dry beans, dry peas and lentils), buckwheat, canary seed, forages, ginseng, herbs (medicinal plants), spices, industrial hemp, mustard seed, safflower seed, seeds (for sowing) and sunflower seed. It is a catch-all category for those crops not included in major grains and oilseeds or horticultural crops.
An estimated 70 percent of Canada's production is exported, including significant quantities of dry peas, lentils, canary seed, mustard seed, chick peas, dry beans, and buckwheat.