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Flash rains boon for wheat crop, to up output

Flash rains boon for wheat crop, to up output
“Rains at this stage are beneficial for the wheat crop as it will have a positive impact on overall wheat production,” DWR Director Indu Sharma said here on Saturday. “Showers will help in crop tillering and its root system (for plant’s growth),” she added.

It has been raining in most parts of Punjab and Haryana in the past 12 hours even as minimum temperatures rose several notches above normal. Several places, including Ambala, Hisar, Karnal, Ludhiana, Patiala received rainfall of 11.5 mm, 2.2 mm, 6.6 mm, 2.6 mm and 2.2 mm, respectively.

However, DWR has asked wheat growers not to let the rain water stagnate in fields as it can be harmful for the crop. “Farmers should avoid stagnation of water in the fields as accumulated water could adversely affect root system of wheat crop which will have negative impact on overall output,” she warned, adding that farmers should keep their drainage system clean in the fields.

With cloudy weather conditions congenial for yellow rust attack on wheat crop, farmers are advised to keep a vigil on their fields to spot the disease attack on crop, if any, for remedial action. “Farmers should regularly visit their fields to keep a tab on yellow rust attack on wheat crop,” Sharma said.

Agricultural scientists have recently detected an incidence of yellow rust attack in Ropar district of Punjab, setting the alarm bell ringing among wheat growers, as it could have a damaging effect on the crop if it spreads to other areas as well. Yellow rust is a fungal disease which turns the crop’s leaves into a yellowish colour and stops the photosynthesis activity.

The disease appears as yellow coloured, powdery linear stripes on the leaves and can cause tremendous losses to yield, if not checked on time. Asked about the crop’s condition in Punjab and Haryana, Sharma said it is is growing well and low temperatures prevailing in the region will be beneficial for the crop yield.

The Rabi sowing season this year did not start on a good note in Punjab and Haryana with farmers, especially wheat growers, facing “acute” shortage of urea. At some places, growers even staged protest and blocked traffic, demanding adequate supply of fertilisers.

Punjab and Haryana are the two major wheat growing states in the country. Area under wheat in Punjab and Haryana is about 35 lakh hectares and 25 lakh hectares, respectively.
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