Within three years since its release in 2011, HD 2967, a new variety is expected to cover most of the area in the district as it is gaining immense popularity among the farmers.
But, at the same time, PBW 621, which was also released in 2011 by the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, has found few takers.
HD 2967 has given farmers a substitute to PBW 343, which had come under severe attack of yellow rust, but farmers were not ready to stop growing it. Finally, about three years ago, the agriculture department had stopped providing its seed as it had expired its shelf life and due to the severe attack of yellow rust on it.
But now the farmers are all satisfied with the yield of HD 2967 after three years of personal experience in their fields and also claim that it is free of most of the diseases.
"I am sowing HD 2967 on all my 12 acres of land as it gives more yield as compared to other varieties. Most of the farmers are sowing HD 2967 only as it has emerged all successful in the fields. Some of the farmers are also trying non-recommended varieties as popularly known Orbit, besides newly recommended variety WH 1105. But, new variety is yet to be seen that how much does it yield," said Sukhjinder Singh Brar, a farmer from Behbal Khurad village of the district.
"HD 2967 has proved successful during the past three years. It has mostly yielded between 20 to 24 quintals last year depending on the type of the soil. The farmers have liked it more than PBW 621, also released in 2011. I am sowing HD 2967 on all my about 30 acres of land. So, are most of the farmers in the region," said Arvinder Singh, a farmer from village Wander Jatana of Faridkot district.
"I want that the farmers must treat the seeds of wheat to avoid any problems at a later stage. They can also save time, energy and money as well," says Arvinder.
The only traditional way of growing crops is no longer relevant and we should apply scientific approach to increase yields and decrease inputs, he said.
"Most of the farmers have preferred to sow HD 2967, which has completely replaced the old PBW 343 variety by filling its gap. It has emerged as a major variety of the choice of the farmers while others have only negligible presence," said Atma Singh Sidhu, chief agriculture officer, Faridkot.
"In the district, 1.15 lakh hectares of wheat is expected to be sown and over 1 lakh hectares are expected to be under HD 2967 leaving small area under all other verities," he added.
The farmers claim its success as better crop yield, good wheat straw and free of main diseases so far.
CHARACTERISTICES HD 2967
HD 2967 is a double dwarf variety with an average plant height of 101 cm. It has profuse tillering. Ears are medium dense and tapering in shape with white glumes. Its grains are amber, medium bold, hard and lustrous.
It is moderately resistant to yellow rust and resistant to brown rust and less susceptible to Karnal bunt and loose smut diseases. It takes about 157 days to mature. Its average yield is 21.4 quintals per acre.(from the literature of PAU Ludhiana)