Kharif sowing: Farmers hope monsoon will help make up for lockdown losses

After facing the lockdown, farmers in Maharashtra started sowing their kharif crop early to take advantage of a fast approaching monsoon. Kharif sowing usually begins here around June 15, nearly a week after the monsoon sets in by around June 10.   However, this year farmers prepared their fields in advance for sowing the short duration crop in the hope that good rainfall would yield a good harvest. This decision to sow early, at least in some parts of Maharashtra,  particularly in the soybean growing belts of Vidarbha, has led to germination failure that is be.....

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