According to Survey estimates 6.4% drop in soybean acreage for kharif 2017 (Aug 28, 2017)

In its first survey on soybean crop for kharif season 2017, the Soybean Processors' Association of India (SOPA) has reported a 6.4 per cent decline in the area under soybean at 102.6 lakh hectares against 109.7 lakh hectares last year.

During the period from August 14 to 20, 2017, two teams of SOPA officials had conducted an extensive field survey in 42 major soybean growing districts of three states Madhya Pradesh (23), Maharashtra (13) and Rajasthan (6), to assess the factors such as shift in area, crop condition and expected productivity.

In its observations, SOPA noted that even if the monsoon arrived on time and the sowing of soybean was done during June 10 to July 20, 2017.

In a statement SOPA said, "Overall condition of the soybean crop in most of the areas is normal. In some parts of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, where light soil exists, soybean crop has already been damaged due to moisture stress, which may affect the overall productivity adversely in these areas."

SOPA further commented that the recent spell of rains over the past couple of days will help save the crop from further loss in yield.

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