Ludhiana: Agricultural scientists have warned Punjab farmers not to go for early sowing of moong, the state’s second main crop after potatoes, to prevent a drastic fall in yield.
“Farmers should sow this crop between 20 March and 10 April. And if they do not follow the recommended time of sowing, the yield of summer moong could go down by a whopping 50%,” Punjab Agricultural University senior scientist Harbhajan Singh Sekhon said. The advice came in the wake of the discovery of the trend of sowing this crop much before 20 March.
“We have observed that the farmers sow SML 688, only improved variety of summer moong, immediately after the harvesting of potato crop, which is already finished.
Since the current temperature is not conducive to the germination of the crop, low temperature will retard growth.
“As a result, the yield which stands at six-seven quintals per acre could plummet to four quintals per acre,” he said.