Experts give advice on how to care for crops in rainy weather: The Tribune India
Ludhiana, July 19
Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has issued an advisory to the farming community for the monsoon. According to the advice, farmers should only let the water sit in the rice fields for two weeks and irrigate them two days after the accumulated water has seeped into the soil. They should apply a second dose of 1/3 nitrogen 21 days after transplanting.
For cotton, the requirement is to eradicate weeds, such as kanghi buti, peeli buti, puth kanda, etc., which grow on the bunds of cotton fields, vacant lots and roadsides. The whitefly also attacks other alternative host crops, such as brinjal, potato, tomato, okra, moong, mash and guar.
Experts said that sowing moong (ML 1808, ML 2056 and ML 818) should be done during this time, because delayed sowing results in lower yield. Vegetable crops should be irrigated at weekly intervals. This is the right time to sow the Punjab Suhawani variety of okra and cowpea 263. To sow gourd, sponge gourd, bitter gourd, ash gourd, tinda, etc. . Transplantation of early varieties of cauliflower can also be carried out.
In the event of heavy rains, farmers must drain excess water from the orchards. They should not allow water to stagnate around tree trunks and keep the pond of plants slightly higher than the rest of the orchard soil. A lime mixture containing copper sulfate should be applied to the main trunks of fruit trees to protect them from disease, the experts added. —TNS