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Agroforum 2009 July

At the time of harvesting
(Dr. László Bódis)

TOPIC OF THE MONTH

Considering the agricultural situation – 2008 (1)
(Lajos Kaposi, Pál Bóday, Gábor Valkó)
The topic of the month July is the first part of the article of the Central Statistical Office, reporting on agriculture and giving a general overview of food industry and the production factors, such as structural frame of farming, land use and labour management.

FOCUSING ON RAPES

Visiting rape fields after the feast day St Medard
(compiled by: József Lukács)
The article gives an account of the season 2008-2009 for rapes, as well as of the expected yields throughout the European Union and the particular counties of Hungary. It can be concluded that a significant yield loss is foreseen at national level, but due to the increase of the commercial growing area, a considerable volume of commodity stocks will be produced.

Ikarus + metazachlor for weed control in rapes in autumn (x)
Dow AgroSciences recommends its Ikarus + metazachlor mixture that can be applied from autumn 2009 for the efficient weed control in rapes.

The situation of rapeseed production and prospects for 2009
(László Rényi)
The author informs on the field data of seed production, i.e. the changes in the rapeseed growing areas, the composition of propagated stocks and the volume of certified rapeseed stock.

Ikarus + metazachlor in county Nógrád (x)
The article is about the use of Ikarus for post-emergence weed control in rapes against annual and perennial broadleaf species.

Meeting on rapes in Tordas. Report
(Attila Kosztolányi)
The Hungarian Central Agricultural Office invited rape growing professionals to the Central Variety Testing Station at Tardos in the frame of the “spring rape road show” on 19 May for a national meeting on winter rapes, as well as to a variety and plant protection exhibition.

Ikarus + metazachlor in county Somogy (x)
The use of Ikarus for chemical weed control in winter rapes is presented.

Rapes before harvesting in France
(Dr. Norbert Somogyi)
Approaching to rape harvest, have a look inside the efficient advisory system based on research results supporting French growers.

A record cropping area in rape growing again! (x)
Get to know the winter rape offer of Saatbau Linz Hungária Kft., consisting of both open pollinated varieties and hybrids.

High-standard rape production from LIMAGRAIN’s offer for 2009 (x)
Limagrain recommends its current year’s rape varieties and hybrids for growers.

New-generation hybrid rapes for the season from SAATEN-UNION (x)
Saaten-Union presents rape growers its new hybrids released this year.

Five-point safety belt built-in (x)
(Zoltán Fecsó)
Growers’ experience with KWS rapes are outlined here.

Hybrid or variety? This year may give the answer to the question (x)
(Attila Kovács)
The article presents the advantages of Syngenta Seeds’ hybrids over open pollinated varieties.

TOPICALLY, UP-TO-DATE

The characteristics of the wheat market
(Dr. Zoltán Lakatos)
The article contains the talk of the chief executive of Hajdú Gabona Co., also the president of the Grain Producer’s Association. It was delivered at the cereal meeting and exposition organized by the University of Debrecen, Centre for Agricultural Sciences and Engineering about the foreseen market situation.

Lamardor – a new cereal seed dressing product from Bayer CropScience (x)
(László Farády)
Bayer CropScience presents its new fungicide for seed treatment of cereals.

Seed treatment for a complex protection of cereal seedlings (x)
(János Kamp)
Syngenta Kft. plans to introduce a new, complex seed dressing product for cereals: Celest Top (difenoconazole + fludioxonil +tiametoxam).

Current considerations about the in-crop treatments of maize with insecticides
(Dr. Sándor Keszthelyi)
The paper presents the losses in weight and chemical composition caused by western corn rootworm, cotton bollworm and corn borer. The author discusses the feasibility of a single or eventually multiple insecticide application justified in seed maize and sweetcorn production, dealing also with their optimum timing. In addition, we may get to know whether additional costs of pest management recurring in feed maize growing are repaid or not.

Special characteristics of stubble treatments and desiccations (x)
Cheminova’s recommendations can be found below this heading to allow freedom of cereal and winter rape stubbles from weeds.

Stubble treatment with increasing nutrient availability (x)
Get to know the offer of Cheminova Hungary Kft. for stubble treatment.

The ragweed phenomenon – as I see it
(Dr. Péter Reisinger)
The author points out that it is necessary to change the current practice of coordinating ragweed management in Hungary, as the planning and implementation of the control is strictly a plant protection problem. This is why this process can be successful only if carried out by professionals skilled and experienced in this field. The author presents an experiment to demonstrate that chemical treatment provides better results against ragweed than obligatory mowing and stem chopping. Furthermore he informs on the attempts done for the detection of larger ragweed spots by remote sensing technique. Finally, the article highlights the role of the civil society in solving the ragweed problem.

Comment. GMO: a curse or a future prospect?
(Dr. János Kopácsi)

WORTHY OF ATTENTION

I used to be a minister (5) Talk with Dr. Csaba Hütter
(Dr. László Bódis)
This time our correspondent talked with the fifth of the one-time ministers of agriculture, Dr. Csaba Hütter, who is an agricultural entrepreneur today in Borsosberény.

Changes in the life of the Hungarian Chamber of Plant Protection Professionals and Doctors of Plant Medicine. Interview
(Attila Kosztolányi)
This is a talk with Dr. Katalin Kárpáti Győrffy, the recently elected president of the Hungarian Chamber of Plant Protection Professionals and Doctors of Plant Medicine about the personnel changes taken place at the Chamber and the main tasks in the in forthcoming future.

“Wishing to get closer to the grower” Report
(Zoltán Molnár)
The Agrodivision of BASF Hungária Kft. invited the representatives of the Hungarian agricultural journals to a press conference on 15 May. Unfortunately that time our June issue was just about to be printed, therefore now in this number we can point out only certain items still timely from the information provided by the company.

Since what time have scientists been working on creating a system of natural flora and fauna?
(Dr. Sándor Bognár)
Passing round the topic, the author lets us see how reasonable it was to create a system for the living nature. This refers to both the beneficial and harmful organisms, including micro-organisms of the fauna and the flora. It is much easier to follow and get to know the life cycle of species included in a system, and the control of the noxious species can be more successful as well.

Water! Report
(Dr. László Bódis)
The Central Bureau of Water and Environment held a press conference on 19 May where the current state of Hungarian waters was presented together with the watershed management projects being prepared by the specialists of the institution, taking public opinion into consideration.

Mv-60. Report
(Dr. László Bódis)
The Agricultural Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is sixty years old. This gave the opportunity to outline the past, present and prospected future of the institute at the ceremonial session.

Almost 12 million kg for food aid. Press release”
(Agricultural and Rural Development Agency)
The European Union spends several hundreds of million Euros annually on the food aid programme, supporting those most in need with food from intervention stocks. The coordinator of the food aid project in Hungary, the Agricultural and Rural Development Agency has arrived to a new stage of implementing this year’s programme. Read the press release to know the details.

The Association of Hungarian Plant Breeders is 20 years old. Report
(Dr. László Bódis)
The Cereal Research Non-Profit Company hosted the annual and this time the ceremonial meeting of the Association of Hungarian Plant Breeders on 27 May – this article reports on the event.

IInd Hungarian Agro-industry Conference. Report
(Dr. László Bódis)
The Communication Agency “Agrárhaszon Kft.” organised a national conference titled “Profit also during crisis” at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on 21 May 2009. The topics of the event were such as, surviving the crisis, SPS, New Hungary Rural Development Programme, agribusiness and Forint exchange rates, biotechnology in the agricultural world, the obligatory cooperation between renewable energy resources and food product chain. The report lets us have an insight into the lectures delivered at the conference.

Szeged Cereal Research Company on the eve of a jubilee. Report
(Péter Szilágyi Bay)
The report gives an overview of the wide range of activities carried out in the breeding institute in Szeged celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.

Vth National Weed Survey – a technical meeting in Keszthely. Report
(Zoltán Molnár)
In the article, reporting about the IIIrd Day of Doctors of Plant Medicine, published in our January issue this year, we promised to inform you about the preliminary results of the Vth National Weed Survey summarised by dr. István Dancza. This article is to fulfil our promise.

Resistance management (x)
Nufarm organised a European meeting in Brussels about the herbicide resistance and the prevention of building-up of such resistance.

LOOKOUT

Browsing in foreign journals
(Compiled and translated by: Eszter Polgár Balogh)
This is a set of brief reviews of certain interesting articles published in foreign journals.

MECHANISATION, MACHINES

Let’s learn about harvesters… (2) “Average combine”
(Dr. László Bense, István Nagy)
This part of the series, offering readers a guideline for harvesters, informs about the general structure and operation principle of combines.

HORSCH celebrated with newly developed machines
(Dr. György Demes)
HORSCH Maschinen GmbH, well-know also in Hungary about its robust cultivation and drill machines, celebrated its 25th anniversary on 15 May where our journal, invited by the Hungarian distributor, Axiál Kft., was also represented. The jubilee provided a good opportunity for the company to give an account for the numerous professionals participating on the event of the recent developmental results in a machine show taken place before the evening gala. Our correspondent reports on what was seen and heard there.

Vogel&Noot inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in Hungary. Report
(Dr. György Demes)
Vogel&Noot Landmaschinen GmbH & Co KG established a new factory again in Hungary that was inaugurated on 8 June 2009 in the presence of the international press in Törökszentmiklós. The journalists coming from 19 countries of Europe could get acquainted with the new manufacturing plant covering 7.6 ha and could see it in operation. Almost the whole product range of the company was displayed on the factory-yard. Perhaps the most interesting part of the programme was the field show of machines close to the factory where the interested correspondents could have a close experience about the recently developed V&N machines, the quality and performance of their work.

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

Again about mitigating agricultural damages
(Zoltán Hajdu)
This is a summary of the scheme of mitigating agricultural losses considered as the key rules by the Agricultural and Rural Development Agency.

The new conditions of the national scheme of mitigating agricultural damages in force from 2009
The detailed rules of operating the scheme of mitigating agricultural damages are determined by the Act 101 of 2008 on the national scheme of mitigating agricultural damages and contribution to damage mitigation, as well as by the Ministerial Decree 32/2009. (III. 31.) FVM on the procedure of mitigating agricultural damages. The paper covers the most important elements of the above pieces of legislation with special attention to the provisions different from the previous practice and introduced in 2009.

Written anno…
(Dr. Péter Inczédy)