Threat of crop damage looms large as frost covers Northwest India

January 13, 2017 2:17 PM |

frost-on-cropWinter chill has intensified across the plains of Northwest India in the last few days. This has left most parts of the region reeling under severe cold wave conditions.

Now, the dipping mercury have led to the formation of ground frost over several parts of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi NCR, North Rajasthan and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

According to Skymet Weather, night temperatures across these places are settling below 5 degrees. In fact, some places are also recording sub-zero temperatures. Due to such cold temperatures, the dew on the ground freezes and forms a thin layer of ice known as frost.

This frost poses intense threat to the farmers as it has the potential to damage the standing crop. The layer of ice suffocates the crop and do not let plants breathe.

Though there is some relief on the cards but entire let up is not likely any soon. A fresh Western Disturbance is approaching Jammu and Kashmir and is likely to affect the weather by January 14.

As a result, minimums will increase over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan, leading to abatement of frost conditions. Meanwhile, mercury will continue to settle on the lower side over West Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh that will continue with frost.

Image credit: Agriculture Corner

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