Pulse Crops? What Are Pulse Crops?
Yes, I grew up on a small farm. And no, I haven't lived on a farm in a long, long time. So to put it mildly, I haven't exactly kept up with what's new in agriculture. But I assume life and work on the farm is pretty much like life and work everywhere.
It's a whole lot different than it was in the 'old days'.
When I was a kid, it was generally corn, beans, oats, baling hay in the summer (and yes, stacking them on racks and getting those bales into the barn). Then not too long ago I saw a phrase I wasn't aware of.
The only pulse I was familiar with on the farm was my Dad's pulse racing when it was too wet or too dry (depending on the time of the year!).
So, what are these 'pulse crops'?
Well, I found the pulses.org website and it turns out they're things like field peas, lentils, chickpeas and such. More specifically, pulses are the edible seeds of plants' legume family.
Even an old fella like me learns a little something new from time-to-time.