Heavy rain coupled with high-velocity winds that continued for the second consecutive day flattened standing crops, particularly wheat, on large swathes of agricultural land in Faridkot and Muktsar districts on Monday.
Faridkot has received 28mm rainfall in just two days in the beginning of March while it had received only 33mm in the entire month last year. In February too, it has received 14.5mm rain against 6mm during the corresponding period last year.
“The rain that occurred last night accompanied by high-velocity winds at the speed of 15-20 kilometres per hour further flattened crops in the district. The chances of the revival of slightly flattened crop are there but then it depends on what kind of weather conditions prevail in the next couple of days,” said Amadeep Keshav, project director, agriculture technology management agency, Faridkot.
The story was no different in Muktsar. “Muktsar received 19mm rain. The rain is not bad for wheat and other crops, but high-velocity winds flattened the crops at various places, causing a substantial damage to farmers,” said Beant Singh, chief agriculture officer, Muktsar.
“If the weather improves now and there is no rain, then we can expect the lodged crops to recover, particularly if they are partly hit. Even the badly lodged crops have chances of revival since they are in early stages of grain formation. There is one-and-half month to go for the crop to attain maturity.
If it remains sunny in the coming days, the lodged crops will start bending upwards, thus making small impact on the yield,” he informed. If there is more rainfall, crops are likely to be adversely affected in some parts of Muktsar, which are already facing the problem of waterlogging with rainwater standing still in fields for days.
Bad weather last night further dashed the hopes of many of having bumper crop this year too. “About 5 acres of the crop in my 20 acres fields has fallen on the ground. In the rest of the area, the crop has fallen in patches,” said Jagdeep, a farmer.