Rain helpful, but thundershower may spell trouble for wheat crop

  • Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2015 22:28 IST

A spell of heavy rainfall and a dip in mercury on Sunday proved beneficial for the wheat crop but strong winds may turn a bane for the farmer fraternity.

With Meteorological department predicting strong winds and thunderstorm-like conditions in coming two days, standing wheat crop, which is presently maturing stage, may fall flat, directly affecting the growth of the grains.

The agriculture department has not accessed any loss to the standing crop after Sunday's rainfall.

On the other hand, the heavy rainfall helped farmers to get rid of fungal diseases, especially that of yellow rust and other diseases.

Even a minute change in the weather conditions turns boon or bane for the wheat growers, who are expecting to harvest their crop in 45 days.

Wheat contributed the maximum area of around 2.25 lakh hectare under cultivation.

Jasbir Singh Sandhu, the chief agriculture officer, said the rainfall may prove boon for the farmers as it helps in increasing the crop production at the end of the season, but the strong winds would turn costly damaging both the crop health and production.

"We are concerned about strong winds coupled with hailstorm-like conditions in coming days, as it would lead to falling of standing crop, which might have an adverse affect on the growth of grains," Sandhu said.

The officer, however, said the rainfall had not yet affected the wheat crop and it helped farmers deal with fungal diseases without any spray of pesticides.

"Though Sunday's rainfall carried winds with it, but no damage has been reported so far," Sandhu said.

However, the agricultural department is taking no chance. "To take precautionary measures, field and technical teams will be sent to carry out random survey on Monday." he said.

Meanwhile, the agriculture department has cautioned farmers to remain vigilant and continuously monitor weather conditions, besides informing agriculture officials in case of any damage to crop.

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