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August 31, 2015
Romanian farmers’ progress in photos

The Monsanto Europe Corporate Engagement team has just returned from visiting the beautiful city of Timisoara in Romania, and the annual Romanian Farm Progress Show, last week in the region of Banat.

Our three days were filled with great experiences and knowledge sharing from our gracious hosts. This included a visit to the Timișoara Orthodox Cathedral, a Romanian Orthodox building constructed over 70 years ago; the square where the Romanian Revolution started in December 1989; the second largest vineyard in Western Romania, Cramele Recas established in 1447, that has won many awards for its wines; and a 17 hectare (one hectare is 10,000 m2) plot of a larger farm that generates a few thousand kilogrammes of maize per hectare annually.

As around 43% of Romania’s economy is linked with agriculture, a six-out-of-ten year drought has been particularly hard for some Romanian farmers. But with the help of our Monsanto DEKALB® teams and hybrid crops that are drought tolerant, these farmers are weathering the storm with a better harvest.

Rather than describe our experiences further we’ve selected the best photos to show you what it was like from the city of Timisoara to the farm lands of Banat. Here is why a picture is worth a thousand words:

A photo of Timișoara's Romanian Orthodox Cathedral

A photo of Timișoara’s Orthodox Cathedral. The Romanian Orthodox building has 11 towers in total.

Square in the city of Timișoara where the Romanian Revolution began in 1989.

A photo of the square in the city of Timișoara where the Romanian Revolution began in 1989.

 

Cramele Recas, established in 1447, the second largest Romanian vineyard in Western Romania.

Photo of vineyards of Cramele Recas, established in 1447, the second largest vineyard in Western Romania.

 

Grapes of Cramele Recas vineyard, the second largest vineyard in Western Romania.

Photo of grapes of Cramele Recas vineyard, the second largest vineyard in Western Romania.
The wine was very good too!

 

Stationary knight guarding the wine barrels of Cramele Recas, the second largest vineyard in Western Romania.

A photo of a stationary knight guarding the wine barrels of Cramele Recas, the second largest vineyard in Western Romania.

 

Photo of a field of maize in a 17 hectare farm in Banat, Western Romania, where Romanian farmers work.

Photo of a field of maize in a 17 hectare farm in Banat, Western Romania.

Maize cob in a 17 hectare farm in Banat, Western Romania, where Romanian farmers work.

Photo of a maize cob in a 17 hectare farm in Banat, Western Romania.

Photo of Romanian farmers and Monsanto/DEKALB® staff mingling at the start of the Romanian Farm Progress Show, in Banat.

Romanian farmers and Monsanto/DEKALB® staff mingle at the start of the Romanian Farm Progress Show, in Banat.

Photo of maize that has survived the harsh drought this year in Banat, Western Romania.

Maize that has survived the harsh drought this year in Banat, Western Romania.

 

Photo of maize destroyed by a European corn borer caterpillar at the Romanian Farm Progress Show 2015.

This is what happens when a European corn borer caterpillar gets into maize — it destroys the farmer’s crop. And by the way the hole created by the caterpillar disables the plant’s natural defenses against highly toxic aflatoxins.

 

 

Photo of a hare going for an afternoon snack at the Farm Progress Show 2015.

Who says there’s no biodiversity on a modern farm? A hare goes for an afternoon snack.

 

A photo of an evening rodeo with a jeep at the Romanian Farm Progress Show 2015.

As the Romanian Farm Progress Show ends someone decides to have an evening rodeo in their jeep.

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