|Céline Calais, seed supply lead for |
interprets the information on the back of a
Dekalb seed bag for Julius Schaaf
and Bob Bowman, both of Iowa.
|Bags of seed corn in Hungary|
are smaller than those in the U.S.
Because of the regulatory environment, there are government inspectors on site at the plant every day. Each bag of seed must be individually government certified. Inspectors also visit the seed corn fields to audit the production process from planting to detasseling to harvest. Typically, government inspectors will visit a field four to five times during the season.
This seed production plant burns corn cobs for the power required to dry the corn and generally operate the plant. And they still have cobs left over to sell or dispose of. So essentially they are 100% self-sufficient in terms of thermal energy.
|Members of the group listen as Andras Mészaros, general |
manager (far left), gives a tour of the Monsanto/Dekalb
seed corn processing facility.
About 51% of Hungarian corn is exported with Italy, Romania, Holland, Germany and Slovakia as the top five customers. The Danube is a critical transportation corridor to many of these markets, with rail and truck serving other market areas.
|Members of our team talk among the stacks of seed corn|
with the Dekalb director of marketing & sales.
|Get a farmer around new iron and he takes pictures!|
Dean Taylor of Iowa snaps a photo of one of
the harvesters used by Dekalb in its
Hungarian seed corn operation.