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Stormy weather conditions affect mustard, oats crops

Sachin Sharma  Ludhiana, February 05, 2013
First Published: 23:17 IST(5/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:19 IST(5/2/2013)

The prevailing weather conditions that have resulted in rains coupled with storms in many parts of Punjab are good for wheat crops but has badly affected mustard and oats.

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According to reports of the department of agronomy of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), mustard and oats crops in Ludhiana as well as other parts of the state have witnessed lodging of stalk due to high-speed wind. As per reports of the department of agriculture meteorology, PAU, wind swept through the region at the speed of 80 km per hour on Monday and Tuesday. The city has recorded 4.5 mm rain on Tuesday bringing down the maximum temperature to 17.5 degree Celsius while minimum remained 13.6 degrees Celsius.

Head of the department of agronomy GS Buttar said even the early sown wheat crop in the state had grown up to a considerable level, as the ear-emergence had not taken place, thus the high-speed wind had not affected the crops too much.

"However, as per data, farmers in Ludhiana and other districts have faced lodging of mustard and oats crops due to storm. As flowering has taken place in mustard crop, the bending of stalk has taken place in several parts, thereby affecting the crop," he said.

"The bending of stalk will affect the process of photosynthesis in the plants that will have adverse impact on the plant's health," he expressed.

Meanwhile, head of the department of agriculture meteorology, PAU, KK Gill said wind at an expected speed of 80 km per hours was blowing on Tuesday morning in the region. The department has predicted the same weather conditions inviting more storms and rain on Wednesday morning.

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