News last update:6 Aug 2012

Pests attack Hungarian wheat crop

Hungary's wheat crops have been attacked by fungal diseases and pests that survived the winter due to the unusually mild weather, a Hungarian farm ministry official said this week.

Farmers could yet minimise the threat if they respond in time, and recent wet weather had already brought relief to crops after several dry months, according to Miklos Toth, an official at the ministry's MGSZH agency.

"Diseases such as powdery mildew already appeared in the autumn on grains such as wheat and barley," he said. "The winter usually cuts the stock of pests which harm winter crops. That did not happen this year," Toth said.
Powdery mildew re-appeared on plants very early in the spring, he said. "It has not yet had such an impact which could cause a substantial drop in the harvest," Toth added.

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