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Cold waves likely to damage mustard seed crops

Mustard seed production, that was estimated to be lower this year because of a fall in acreage, may decline further due to the cold wave in north India and rainfall in the eastern parts of the country. Cold wave conditions are prevailing over some parts of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand where minimum temperatures are four to six degrees below normal. Ideal temperature for mustard is between 10 degrees to 14 degrees. There could be a damage of 5-7% due to the cold waves. The inner seed of the crop has shrunk due to the cold waves and that will affect oil recovery. According to weather forecasts, there are ground frost conditions likely over some parts of Punjab, Haryana, north Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh during next two nights while isolated rain/thundershowers are likely over West Bengal and Sikkim.

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