Drought information: May 4, 2023
The OMSZ published drought information at the beginning of May
In the second half of the last week, from Wednesday to Sunday, only scattered showers occurred in our country. The first day of May remained dry across the country, and then on Tuesday a fluctuating frontal system arrived from the west. From this, rain, showers, and thunderstorms formed in the Transdanubia first, and then in the central part of the country on Wednesday. During the last five days, the amount of precipitation exceeded 10 mm only in Transdanubia and in the central part of the country.
In the rest of our country, there was little or no rain at all. The amount of precipitation of the last 30 days in the north, especially in the northwest, exceeds the long-term average by 40-60 mm, while in the Tiszántúl region it falls short by 15-30 mm. The top half-meter layer of the soil in the areas where at least 10 mm of rain did not fall lost its moisture content during the week behind us, but it still contains a sufficient amount of moisture. However, the moisture content of the soil layer close to the surface, especially in a large area of the Great Plain, has fallen below the critical limit of 40%.
The autumn crops are in good condition, with sufficient moisture in the soil. On the other hand, summer crops in the Great Plains would need precipitation, because the upper few centimeters of the soil, where the seeds and small plants are located, has now dried out.
In the continuation, scattered showers and thunderstorms may develop in the country until Sunday, and then from Monday to Thursday, considerable precipitation is expected in many places, also on the regional average. All in all, by the middle of next week, more than 10-20 mm may fall in a large area. Soils will be dry in most places until the weekend, and the moisture content is expected to increase from Monday.
LOOKOUT: Serbia – The 90th International Agricultural Fair opened in Novi Sad – GALLERY
The International Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad celebrated its 90th anniversary this year
István Pásztor, the President of the Assembly of the Vojvodina Autonomous Region, visited the jubilee 90th International Agricultural Fair yesterday and viewed the stands of the institutions located in the “Master” hall of KITE Kft. and the Hungarian exhibitors in the 2nd hall, who was received by Slobodan Cvetković, CEO of Novosadski Sajam.
There can be serious demand for printed fish fillets
The first laboratory fish fillet is being developed by an Israeli-based company
The first laboratory fish fillet is being developed by an Israeli-based company. Due to the dwindling fish population and high environmental taxes, laboratory-grown fish foods may come to the fore, writes Euronews . The author refers to a study by Dalhousie University, according to which fish may practically disappear from the oceans by 2048, which, in addition to high environmental taxes, is expected to generate even more demand. The first fish fillet produced in laboratory conditions and printed using 3D technology may be on the market in Singapore next year.
It is also true for this product that cell culture is still a very expensive process, so the production costs are still uncompetitive compared to products made from traditional raw materials.
Steakholder Foods believes that their printed meats are more sustainable food, and the company supports forward-thinking and sustainable people, companies, organizations and countries. They believe that cultured meat will play a crucial role in significantly reducing the meat industry’s carbon footprint, reducing water and farmland use, and making meat safer and more accessible. We should have no illusions about the technology : it can be seen on the company’s website that the selected stem cells are obtained by sampling. If you scroll down, you can also learn about the concept of “bio-ink”, from which the meat slices are born in the incubator at the end of the process.
In the TIME article , you can read more interesting facts about how Israel became the global center of alternative meat technology. They also write about the fact that they appeared at the Food Tech Israel exhibition with amazing products such as reduced-sugar sugar, protein bar with all the positive properties of breast milk, caviar made from modified lake green algae, cheese made from microalgae, roast beef made from fermented vegetable proteins, and we could go on and on. The only animal-based product at the event was a single liter of cow’s milk hidden behind the plant-based drinks offered in the cafe.
It’s an interesting new world, given that Israel is second only to the United States in startups and investment in alternative protein companies, and has the highest per capita consumption of poultry. At the same time, it ranks fourth in red meat consumption, while the largest number of vegans in the world also live there.
Source: Krisztina Pető – NAK
National ice damage mitigation system – two-week summary 24.04.2023. – 05.07.
NAK issued a statement on the results of the National Ice Damage Mitigation System
Presentation of thunderstorm days from April 24 to May 7, 2023 in terms of generator activation and meteorological conditions
The weather between April 24 and May 7 was different from the average, as in previous weeks. In the given period, the distribution of precipitation was extreme, as larger amounts of precipitation fell in several areas, while larger areas remained dry.
Overall, the period was drier in most of the Great Plain, while it was wetter in Transdanubia and the northern part of the country. The last week of April was several degrees colder than usual.
Unusually for the weather of the period, several ice-threatening thunderstorms and four supercells formed in the country, so the ground generators were switched on for 8 days.
The affected ground generators were switched on according to the arrival and formation of ice-threatening thunderstorms.
The following maps show how much the generators had to be operated on average per county during the examined period (image 1) , as well as to what extent the thunderstorms that developed were dangerous and which areas were affected (image 2) .
More details can be found on the NAK website here.