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Rain, wind flatten crop; no cause for concern: Experts

Light rainfall in many districts due to a fresh western disturbance in the past 24 hours not only lowered the temperature, but also brought cheer to wheat growers.

The Meteorological Department in Chandigarh has said intermittent rain will continue at isolated places in the state over the next 24 hours. In Amritsar, it was 3.2 mm, Patiala 1.8 mm and Ludhiana 3.4 mm. The rain was also witnessed in Moga, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Muktsar, Bathinda, Barnala, Sangrur, Mansa, Taran Taran, Gurdaspur, Mohali, Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib and other districts of the state.Reports from Taran Taran, Goneana in Bathinda district, Moga and some places in Ferozepur revealed that gusty winds of 30 to 40 kmph flattened the wheat crop. However, no hailstorm was reported from any part of the state. “The wheat crop has the tendency to withstand such vagaries of weather,” said Dr Jaswinder Brar, an agro-scientist of the Agriculture Department.

Dr Jaswinder Brar, Agri Dept Scientist

Yield will be good

Wheat crop needs cold conditions to thrive. An expected drop in the minimum temperature over the next five to 10 days will help increase the grain size, thereby boosting the yield.

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