Weather Based Agro Advisory


Monsoon Watch (IMD)

  • The country as a whole received 6% deficit rainfall during  1 June to 2 August.
  • The images showing progressive rainfall situation and the latest satellite picture are shown in Fig. 1 & 2.

Significant weather observations (IMD)

  • Jharkhand received heavy rainfall (51 mm) during last 24 hours.
  • The southwest monsoon has been active over Chhattisgarh and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Rain/thundershowers has occurred at most places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, East Madhya Pradesh, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Coastal Karnataka and Kerala; at many places over Konkan & Goa, Bihar, Odisha, West Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura and Andaman & Nicobar Islands; at a few places over East Rajasthan, Sub Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam & Meghalaya.

Weather Warning during next 5 days (IMD)

  • 04 August : Heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at isolated places over East Madhya Pradesh.
  • 05 August : Heavy rainfall would occur at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Madhya Pradesh, Sub Himalayan
  • West Bengal & Sikkim, Assam & Meghalaya, Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan & Goa, Telangana and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • 06 August : Heavy rainfall would occur at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sub Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • 07 August : Heavy rainfall would occur at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Uttar Pradesh, Sub Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • The weather outlook for the period of seven days i.e. 03 to 11 August 2015 forecasted  (Provided by Real-Time Weather Forecasts from NOAA/NCEP collected from http://monsoondata.org/wx2/) heavy rainfall along the west coast, East Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal & Sikkim  and North eastern states. (Fig. 3).

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Agricultural activities  (AICRPAM-CRIDA)
 
Maharashtra
Rainfall situation: Marathwada region is reeling under severe drought conditions with 57% deficit in rainfall. Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan & Goa and Vidarbha regions are facing 27%, 25% and 22%  deficit, respectively.
Progress in kharif sowing: 78% of normal kharif sown area is covered so far in the entire state under all crops as on 31 July. Cereal crops have covered only 49% of normal kharif sown area; Pulses: 68%, Sugar crops: 42.5% , Oil seeds : 106% and Cotton: 107% compared to the normal.
Crop contingency plans:
      Marathwada
Due to deficit rainfall in region, following measures are recommended

  • Undertake light hoeing, mulch with crop residue to conserve soil moisture.
  • Apply protective irrigation (drip or sprinkle method) to earlier sown crop like cotton in view of prevailing water stress condition.
  • Irrigation can be applied by drip/ sprinkler method to increase water use efficiency.

      Vidarbha

  • Delayed/unsown areas can still be accommodated with adopting suitable crops/crop varieties (as mentioned below).
  • Pigeonpea (AKT 8811, Vipula, PKV- Tara and BSMR-736 with closer 60x20 cm  spacing).
  • Intercropping systems include pigeon pea + soybean (1:2 / 2:4), sunflower + pigeon pea (2:1) or in soybean after every 6 or 9 rows one row of pigeon pea may be sown.
  • Alternative crops include pearl millet (PKV Raj Shradha, Saburi), sesame (AKT64), sunflower(PKV SF-9, PKVSH-27, KBSH-1)  and castor (AKC-1, GCH-4,5,6 & DCH-117).
  • Undertake weeding/hoeing in early sown crops.
  • Top dressing of fertilizers  to earlier sowings at adequate soil moisture condition.
  • Undertake transplanting of rice in East Vidarbha utilizing the realized rainfall.
  • Priority should be given for in situ/ex situ rainwater harvesting during the remaining part of the season.

      Madhya Maharashtra

  • Maintain plant population or decrease plant population if wilting occurs.
  • Organic mulching with crop residues in case of newly plant orchards.
  • Hoeing is recommended to conserve soil moisture

(Source:Email: pc-agromet@crida.in, CRIDA, Hyderabad )

Updated on 03-08-2015 05:45 PM

Weather Based Agro Advisory 2014