Winter rain won't cause large-scale damage to most rabi crops



For potato farmers in the north and wheat growers in the eastern parts — particularly in Jharkhand, Bihar, and Odisha — the recent rains could in fact be beneficial.



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Rains to hit paddy yield in north India



In Central India, the standing soybean and pulses crops have also been hit but the loss isn’t massive as the showers were followed by relatively bright sunshine that helped absorb soil moisture



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Withdrawal of 2018 southwest monsoon delayed



A likely western disturbance over north India during the weekend might cause heavy to very heavy showers in a few places, including New Delhi.



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Southwest monsoon has been fairly normal this year: IMD



Sowing had started on a sluggish note in several parts of the country because of delay in the onset of the monsoon but has picked up pace subsequently as the rains progressed and performed appreciably well in August.



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Once again, IMD, Skymet differ on rain forecast



Skymet lowered its full season monsoon forecast to ‘below normal’ from ‘normal’, while the IMD is sticking to its earlier forecast that rains in June to September of 2018 would be ‘normal’ at 97 per cent of the LPA with a model error of +/-5 per cent.



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Deficient rain shrivels India's east, North-East



Rain deficiency in eastern and western Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Gangetic West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya is 20-46 per cent less than normal as of June 17.



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Scorching summer may hit water supply and fodder



In the first of a two-part series, Business Standard examines the impact of the upcoming summer on agriculture and drinking water supply.



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