Untimely rains in parts of Madhya Pradesh for the past three days made the farmers jittery. Mild rains damaged crops like lentil, coriander and isabgol in certain parts of the state but wheat crop didn’t suffer much damage.
Rains were accompanied by strong winds. Hailstorm was also witnessed in east MP. The worst-affected districts include Sagar, Jabalpur, Tikamgarh, Bhind, Rewa and certain parts of Shivpuri.
As per state government estimate, only 4% to 6% wheat crop was affected but not damaged. The rains recorded were varying in degree from 10 to 16 mm in the past three days in different areas.
As rains have subsided and weather is most likely to clear now, the affected wheat crop in lodging state (bending of plants) is most likely to get restored to its previous state.
In Madhya Pradesh, wheat crop was sown in 54 lakh hectares land this Rabi season.
Experts said mild rain is good for normal wheat which was at grain-filling stage. About 85% of the areas of the state have normal wheat.
“The affected wheat crop (4% to 6%) presently in lodging stage would get restored with temperature going up. Hence, we can't say at this stage that wheat crop has been damaged due to rains. There is a possibility of discolouration of affected wheat but not a major damage to wheat crop,” said Rajesh Rajora principal secretary Agriculture Welfare and Development Madhya Pradesh government talking to the Hindustan Times on phone.
Rajora said there were reports about 154 villages affected in Vindhya region and six in Shivpuri among other districts.
However, he said, the worst-affected crops appeared to be lentil, coriander and isabgol.
The most-affected horticulture crop was mango in Rewa and certain other districts as the trees were at flowering stage, the reports reaching the Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (JNKVV) Jabalpur said.
JNKVV Jabalpur vice-chancellor VS Tomar said the wheat crop was lodging (bending of plants) in the fields due to rainfall associated with strong winds in most of the affected areas. However, the wheat crop sown late January and February was less affected.
Head of Agromet division of regional meteorological centre Anupam Kashyapi said early wheat and late pulses had been mainly damaged. The meteorological department had already forewarned the farmers about the rains and advised them to go for harvesting of early wheat and late pulses.