Economy Ample monsoon rains push India's summer crop plantings to record Updated : August 30, 2020 02:32 PM IST Farm ministry data shows growers sowed 108.2 million hectares (267.4 million acres) with crops such as rice, corn, cotton, soybeans and sugarcane. Planting began on June 1, when monsoon rains typically hit India, where nearly half of farmland does not receive irrigation. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.