India, Jan. 12 -- Forced maturity in plants due to higher temperatures can result in smaller seeds

A comparatively 'warm' winter in Bihar this year could harm production of rabi crops like wheat, oil seed and pulses, agricultural scientists have predicted.

According to experts, production of winter crops may be hit by at least 30-40 per cent if the weather in the eastern state is unchanged for long.

The minimum temperature should be 10-12 degrees Celsius (degC) while the maximum temperature should be 18degC-21degC for better yield of rabi crop, said experts.

However, the minimum temperature has remained between 11degC and 18degC in Bihar. The average day temperature has gone up to 27degC over the last 10 days. Normally such kind of we...