Muktsar, July 8
Cotton farmers breathed a sigh of relief over the whitefly in Muktsar district with yesterday’s rains. The average rainfall was recorded at 20.6 mm in the district.
“The plants have not reached their actual height”
Cotton planting has been delayed in some parts of the district due to the closure of the Sirhind feeder channel for a long period. Additionally, there has been negligible rainfall so far. For this reason, the cotton plants could not reach their actual height. — Gurjant Singh, cotton farmer, Muktsar
“In particular, the whitefly is so far spotted above the economic threshold (ETL) in 51 fields. However, it is now above ETL in 31 fields,” said Gurpreet Singh, Agriculture Manager, Muktsar.
He added: “The whitefly problem is mainly due to stunted plant growth and the prevailing hot and dry weather. The cotton crop needs more rain for its good growth. In addition, the rain will help eliminate the whiteflies.
Meanwhile, a team of experts from the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) visited the district to assess the cotton crop for the incidence of whitefly, pink bollworm and jassid. .
Dr Nirmaljit Singh Dhaliwal, Associate Director, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Muktsar, said they regularly advised farmers to monitor their cotton fields and wherever the whitefly was above the ETL they should spray with pesticides in accordance with PAU recommendations.
Gurjant Singh, a cotton farmer, said, “Cotton plantings have been delayed in some parts of the district due to the closure of the Sirhind feeder channel for a long period. Additionally, there has been negligible rainfall so far. For this reason, the cotton plants could not reach their actual height.
Meanwhile, another farmer Nirmal Singh from Jasseana village said, “The cotton plants in my field are almost 1.5 meters tall. These should have measured 2.5 at this point. This happened due to the prevailing hot and dry weather. The plants could not reach the required height due to the reduced rainfall. In addition, a dusty insect came to growing plants much earlier.
On this, the director of agriculture said, “It is a crop-friendly insect, but we regularly inspect the growing crop. The exact cause of his early arrival, however, is unknown.
Boll Worm Wiped
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The heavy rains proved to be a blessing in disguise for the farmers of Muktsar, as they led to a reduction in whitefly attacks on the cotton crop.
A team of experts from the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) traveled to Sri Muktsar Sahib to assess the cotton crop for the incidence of whitefly, pink bollworm and jassid. According to the report, experts noticed harmful whiteflies, but the cotton crop was free of pink bollworm and jassid. Farmers were delighted with the heavy rains, which brought respite and wiped out pink bollworm and reduced whitefly attack on cotton.
Dr. Ashok Kumar, Director, Extension Education, and Dr. GPS Sodhi, Additional Director, Extension Education, PAU, visited Muktsar Cotton Belt. Dr. Kumar advised cotton growers to follow PAU recommendations for successful cultivation of the crop.
Dr. Nirmaljit Singh Dhaliwal, Associate Director, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Muktsar, said: “KVK regularly advises farmers to monitor their cotton fields and stay alert for whitefly and worm attack. capsule pink. Wherever the attack exceeds the economic threshold, farmers should spray the fields as recommended by the Punjab Agricultural University.
Experts also surveyed no-till rice (DSR) fields in Mahiraj village, Muktsar district, where paddy farmers expressed satisfaction and described it as a cost saving technology and favorable to farmers.
— with inputs from the manav commander