Inclement weather conditions may delay the harvesting process . If agriculture experts are to be believed, because of untimely and intermittent rain coupled with strong winds the harvesting of crops will be delayed by 15 days.
Usually, the crop gets completely mature by the end of March, followed by harvesting in the second week of April. The procurement season may clash with parliamentary Lok Sabha elections, scheduled to be held on April 30.
The overnight rain and storm like conditions on Monday morning has not only left farmers' community across the region worried but has put the agriculture department authorities on tenterhooks.
The flattening of standing wheat crop, which is presently in its maturing stage, has been reported in different parts of the district.
As per the available information, in Patiala district, around 2.31 lakh hectares of area is under wheat cultivation.The agriculture department is expecting to have around 14 lakh metric tonnes of production.
Officials of the agriculture department immediately swung into action and carried out random surveys in different parts of the district to examine any damage to the crop.
Patiala district chief agriculture officer (CAO) Dr Balwinder Singh Sohal said besides reports of flattening of crop at some areas, no major threat has been recorded so far.
"But it has been expected that the unfavourable weather conditions will delay the harvesting process. Unlike last year, which completely witnessed ripened wheat crop this time, the crop in this season is still in its ripening stage. It will take some more days to get mature for harvesting", Sohal said.
He said the farmers had been directed not to do spray any chemical as the ongoing weather conditions would not pose a threat to the health of the crop.
Meanwhile, Sangrur CAO Dr Rajinder Singh Sohi said the farmers had been instructed to make arrangements to drain out water to avoid water stagnation in their fields if it rained in coming days.