The field inspections for seed certification of cereals, hybrid maize, grain legumes, red clover and forage crops were carried out on 9’431 ha in 1998. In cereals 92 % of the registered area was admitted during field inspection. Presence of other cereals, drought damage and varietal impurities were the most important factors for rejection. The most important varieties of winter wheat were Arina and Runal and in winter barley Plaisant and Baretta. 2 % of the admitted area was produced according to the rules of organic farming. The production of organic seed was carried out for the first time in hybrid maize and soia.
Tuta absoluta is one of the most destructive pests of solanaceous crops. Agroscope has developed a statistical model to study the population dynamics of the pest and its parasitoids and allows interventions to be optimally planned.
Swiss vineyards are often small and arranged in a mosaic of separate plots and management practices. Therefore, it can be assumed that spray drift from conventional to organic vineyards occurs regularly. Nevertheless, no pesticide residues are detected in most organic wines.
Nay M.M., Grieder C., Frey L.A., Amdahl H., Radovic J., Jaluvka L., Palmé A., Skøt L., Ruttink T., Kölliker R.
Red clover is one of the most important legumes in European forage production. In a multi-year field trial, researchers tested Europe’s largest collection of different red clover accessions at five European locations.