Farmers should not store wheat grains of crops flattened by rain for sowing in the next season as these grains are vulnerable to fungal infection, said Prof HS Kushwaha, soil scientist and principal nodal officer, Integrated Agromet Advisory Services Project, Agro-Meteorological Field Unit (AMFU), Pantnagar.
Famers may, however, store the wheat grains of standing crops. They should ensure that the grains are dried properly to keep infection at bay, he said.
“The mature crops were badly affected by rain in March. Waterlogging coupled with strong winds led to the flattening of the crops and also affected the grain quality. Farmers have no other option but to buy fresh seeds for sowing during the next season,” said Prof Kushwaha.
The soil scientist, however, said that drizzling was good for the late-sown crops.