Agriculture experts have advised farmers to apply third water to the wheat crop every 125-130 days after sowing while keeping in view the weather conditions particularly the rain factor.
In a statement issued by agriculture spokesman, experts said, it was time for grain formation in wheat crop and any lethargy on water application could shorten the grain size and ultimately reduce production.
Farmers were further advised to keep monitoring their crops regularly and contact agriculture officials in case of finding pest incidence or any diseases.
Experts said that prevailing weather conditions can invite attack by Aphid traditionally called (Sust Taila). The pest attack the wheat crop in the form of smaller groups and farmers should shake the plant with some string to let the pest fall to the ground.
They should also remove weeds from all over the crop areas and the water courses and can also apply the chemical Glyphosate in recommended quantity to counter the weed problem. Experts advised that farmers should also leave crop-friendly pests including ladybird betel, Chrysopa, Surfed fly, and spiders in the field in case of pest attack.
These friendly pests can be obtained free from the government's biological laboratories in Vehari, Pakpattan, Sahiwal, Okara, Sheikhupura, Hafizabad, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Toba Tek Singh and Faisalabad to kill Aphid, the release concluded.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2021.
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