Shrivelled grains, wheat yield remains between 20 to 22 quintals against the expectations of the bumper crop ,hype deplates on the ground.

Three bags of the Urea,60 kg of DAP, two sprays of Manganese, Zinc and magnesium sulphate, pre first irrigation of the weedicide and 40 kg of seed per acre used. Apart from the four timely irrigations and very rich fertility of land, the farmer from village Bir Sikhan Wala expects a little less than 22 quintals of the yield of the very high potential yield variety of DBW 303.
"The very thich growth of weeds forced me to spray sulfosulfuron before irrigation and later on , when the crop came under stress, I had to use higher dosage of Urea apart from two foliar applications of micronutrients," said Armandeep Singh, a young farmer from village Bir Sikhan wala.
"The wheat crop has bumper yield, about 28 quintals from the fields per acre," claimed PArminder Singh, a farmer from the same village who runs a combine harvester.
But in a few days to come, his tall claims deflated.
"I have observed from the trollies of the loads of wheat crop that average yield of the crop is only less than 22 quintals," said Beera Singh, a long time labourer engaged in the farming.
"I have observed that the average yield of the wheat crop is between 19 quintal and 22 quintals the maximum. The farmers are telling lies making tall claims of the yield of their crop, but the wheat yield is not as per the expectation of the farmers," said Tejinder Singh alias Bhola Sarpanch from village Bir Sikhan wala.t "Last year I had got about 22 quintals of yield of the wheat crop, and the year before lat, t was about 18 quintal and I expect abouyt 20 quintals," said Balwinder Singh, a farmer from village Devi Wala.
The farmers said that when the crop was sown in November, it was very wet soil and they could not make it fragile and aired it to sow the crop. The November 9th rainfall made a hard lair of soil(Karand) on the soil leading to the poor germination. Initially, the temperatures were very high, then the sky remained overcast for over a month without any ray of sun and then the temperature remained either lower or above normal in February and March.
The higher yield was expected only at the end of March because of the relatively low temperatures most of the time.
"Nearly 20 percent of the grains have shrivelled, only expectations can ascertain to it which has led to the low yield. While the stubble is very strong, the yield has fallen," said Tejinder Singh.
If the trend of the yield of the wheat crop, a major staple food in India and abroad, there could be a food crisis.
"According to the media reports, the buffer stock of wheat has fallen at the lowest since past 16 years and India has to cater to the needs of about 80 crores of people living BPL," the media reports says.

Apr 19 2024 11:29PM