IMD’s Agrimet division has advised farmers in Haryana to pick cotton this week as weather in the state is expected to be dry. Agrimet has also suggested irrigating cotton fields this week to hasten the process of boll opening. Do not allow cotton crop to suffer from water stress during flowering and fruiting stages,” Agrimet said in its advisory. Cotton is one of the major crops grown in the state. As of last week, area under kharif cotton crop in the state was 656,000 ha, up 31.7% on year.