With the wheat season in full bloom, farmers across the state are spraying herbicides and insecticides for a bumper yield, but most farmers lack correct knowledge of how to spray herbicides for control of weeds, thus leading to wasted time and money.
Experts suggest that the success of chemical weed control depends upon the quality of purchased herbicides and spraying technology. Weeds could lead to loss in the production of wheat from 20-40%. Therefore, timely measures are needed to mitigate yield losses.
The state agriculture department mandates that suitable herbicides should be applied in consultation with experts after the first irrigation so that broad as well as the narrow leaf weeds are controlled in an effective manner, by using proper spray techniques.
"Resource-conserving technologies and practices can bring both environmental and economic benefits for farmers, communities, and nations. Such technologies have been proven to be both efficient and viable."
Punjab Government Seed Farm at village Raunta in district Moga, is known to produce good quality seeds of various crops and latest technologies related to crop production, integrated nutrient and pest management, seed treatments were demonstrated to farmers recently.
Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar state award winner agriculture development officer who is managing the government seed farm has carried out demonstrations of spraying techniques of weedicides at Government Seed Farm on Friday, revealed that a majority of the farmers were unaware of the proper spraying techniques.
"Application techniques are most important in the management of serious weed Phalaris Minor (gulli-danda). I recommend the farmers to use flood jet and flat fan nozzles for spraying herbicides for uniform application of weedicides on the weeds and never use cone type. The nozzle should be kept 40-50 cm above the crop for effective control of weeds," said Dr Brar.
Moga DC Arshdeep Singh Thind said that the Government Seed Farm of Raunta had been a role model for small and marginal farmers of Punjab.
"I appreciate the work of agriculture development officer Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar who is performing his duties for the betterment and prosperity of the farmers in the field," said Thind.