Unseasonal rains in parts of Madhya Pradesh is bad news for soybean farmers, as it will damage the crop that has already been harvested.
"The untimely rains will not have much impact on the standing soya crop, but it will damage the crop that has already been harvested and is lying on the fields," scientist and soybean expert Dr P S Bhatnagar said. Soybean is harvested in October and November.
The yield this year is expected to come down by about 20 to 30% as compared to last year due to delay in arrival of monsoon. Soybean sowing was delayed because the main growing regions in central India didn't receive rains until mid-July.
The soybean cultivation area for kharif season 2014 has also come down as compared to previous year. According to first estimates released by Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) a few days ago, the soybean cultivation area has come down to about 109 lakh hectares from 120 lakh hectares a year ago, a decline of 9%.
The reason for the fall in area has been attributed to poor monsoon and also to farmers switching to pulses in some parts of the soya belt due to shortage of soybean seed.