Further, with a humidity of 75-80%, the conditions are favorable for cashew flowering,” he added.Shivram Arolkar, a farmer who has witnessed the early flowering phenomenon in his cashew orchard, said, “Flowering usually starts by November 15 and we see cashew bulbs forming by December.
He also attributed the early flowering to favourable temperature and abundance of nutrients in soil.“Last season, the cashew yield was erratic.
The balance is proving to be useful for this season’s crops,” he said.“As of now, the day temperature ranges around 34-35C and night temperature vary between 20-22C.
The residual nutrient that was not utilized for flowering and fruiting at that time is still stored in the soil.
Farmers must therefore spray fresh water on the flowers to keep them hydrated,” Desai said.
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