September 17, 2020
India braces for potential soy crop losses due to possible heavy rains
Farm experts and industry officials are concerned over potential crop losses after heavy rains were forecasted for the second half of this month in key central and western crop growing regions in the country, Reuters reported.
India has recently reported record acreage this season for summer crops such as corn and soybeans to take advantage of upcoming monsoon rains.
In June, rains were 17% above average, but July rains dropped 10% below average. In August, the monsoon returned with 27% rains above average.
The August heavy rains damaged soybean, cotton and pulse crops in few pockets. Trade, industry and government officials said rain damage was not widespread, but there is no official estimate given.
However, upcoming heavy rains in end September could cause extensive damage when crops ripen.
B.V. Mehta, Solvent Extractors' Association of India executive director, said the heavy rains would damage soybean crops, which now require a long dry spell.
Mehta said soybean production is still projected to be higher than 2019's 9.3 million tonnes.