Time Of Sowing - South

Published: 3 Mar 2011

Crops are being sown earlier than in the past – even before the opening rains – due to increased adoption of no-till. While early sowing can help crops establish better, they also flower earlier, making them at greater risk of frost or haying-off due to early bulky growth consuming too much soil moisture. Yields can improve, especially in dry seasons but on long-term average, the effects are not always significant. Sowing too late will reduce yields as crops flower and ripen during increasingly hot and dry conditions.

Drought, nutrition and the sun’s radiation can modify the effects of temperature at certain growth stages. It is thought that when temperate plants like wheat are stressed, flowering is accelerated.

Region South, National, North, West.

Region: South; National; North; West