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Agroforum 2010 November

Business cards torn into pieces
(Dr. László Bódis)

TOPIC OF THE MONTH

Pesticides. Past. Present. Future?
(Dr. Tamás Kőmíves)
The expert of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences presents the history of the up-to-date plant protection products, current challenges (withdrawals of active substances, the aging range of products, etc.). He also mentions the most spectacular developments and active substances of the past decades.

FOCUSING ON SUNFLOWERS

Situation report about sunflower harvest
(József Lukács, Ágnes Horpácsi Zsulya)
The authors from the Central Agricultural Office outline the characteristics of sunflower growing in 2010 in the light of preliminary harvesting data.

Looking back to sunflower diseases in 2010
(Dr. Pál Békési)
This year has brought an amount of rainfall never experienced before. This is why it is worth summing up the major sunflower diseases in 2010.

Study of sunflower varieties for their susceptibility to diseases in variety and provocation trials, 2010
(Dr. László Gergely et al.)
The article publishes the results for 2010 of trials with sunflower genotypes (varieties/hybrids and variety candidates ), established at the Plant Variety Experimental Stations of the Central Agricultural Office and at certain other trial sites. The small plot trials were carried out with naturally infected genotypes, while provocation tests were performed in glasshouses.

Evaluating sunflower growing of the recent season – Soponya. Report
(Attila Kosztolányi)
The manager of Varga-Farm Kft. at Soponya shared his experience with us about sunflower growing in 2010 in terms of weed control and fight against diseases with fungicides.

Evaluating sunflower growing of the recent season – Kétsoprony. Report
(Attila Kosztolányi)
We asked the president and the manager of crop production at the Farmers’ Cooperative Rákóczi in Kétsoprony about their experience in sunflower growing in connection with the recent, extremely rainy season.

If it is micro-encapsulated chlorpyrifos, then Dursban Delta (x)
This insecticide, a new formulation of an old active substance, will be available from Dow AgroSciences from 2011.

About the importance of NPK fertilizer application (x)
(Rita Vári)
NPK-fertilizers from Linzer Agro Trade Hungary kft.

TOPICALLY, UP-TO-DATE

The effect of revising active substances of pesticides on the supply of actives
(Dr. Ágnes Pethő, Éva Somogyi Pálos, Tibor Baranyi)
The authors, from the point of view of users, outline the changes in the range active substances and of pesticides available in Hungary due to the community review.

WORTHY OF ATTENTION

I used to be a minister…(16) Talk with József Gráf
(Dr. László Bódis)
The series, titled “I used to be a minister” presenting the one-time ministers of agriculture, is closed by the interview with József Gráf.

Launching the season of 2011 in the fields (x)
News and information from Baki Agrocentrum Kft.

Farmers’ training with 100 %support for up-to-date knowledge
The article informs on the options of training support without obligation of paying back, available in the frame of the New Hungary Rural Development Programme.

Quadruple protection in cereals (x)
(László Farády)
This is a new seed dressing product for cereals with insecticidal and fungicidal effects from Bayer CropScience.

Report and thoughts about this year’s Maize Yield Competition
(Dr. Dénes Szieberth)

PRODUCE MARKET

Summary of the produce market
(PN)
It is not in vain for growers to have up-to-date market information on the major field crops (wheat, maize, sunflowers and rapes). The paper can give a valuable support for this by summarising the processes taken place on the global produce markets and outlining the trends of prices and crop volumes.

BIOTECHNOLOGY

Let’s learn gene technology” (5) Terminology
(Dr. Heszky László)
This part of the series outlines the key points of genetic control and provides useful information about the content of the genetic programme according to our current knowledge.

RENEWING ENERGY RESOURCES

“The masters of energy efficiency”
(Dr. Norbert Somogyi)
What could be the relation of a new programme announced in the frame of a French environmental legislation package worked out for increasing energy efficacy of building and agriculture? This is revealed from the account of experiences obtained at an international exposition of construction industry held in Paris.

VEGETABLE GROWING

The present and the foreseen future of melon growing in Hungary
(Gábor Balázs)
The article outlines the innovations of the past decades and our days. In addition, it also informs on the past season’s difficulties and future prospects regarding melon production in Hungary

FRUIT GROWING

Nutrient supply in orchards
(Dr. László Szalay)
After coming to bearing of fruit orchards, nutrient stocks accumulated in the soil begins to continuously decrease; therefore they are needed to be replaced. The article summarises its options both for older, conventional and up-to-date, intensive orchards.

VINE GROWING AND WINEMAKING

Year 2010 or when nightmares come true. All-round inquiry
(Péter Baranyai, János Czink, Attila Hollósy, Tibor Kaptás, Diána Mészáros Pólya, Dániel Mukli, Ágnes Schmidt, János Simigh, László Somogyi)
There is no wine-region in Hungary where grapes could have been completely saved this year. However, certain differences could be observed in terms of yield loss, quality prospects, success of plant protection and the health state of the harvested crop. Therefore we have asked our contributors to share their opinion about 2010, a year of nightmares for many.

MECHANISATION, MACHINES

New-generation Lexion combine harvesters from CLAAS
(Dr. György Demes)
The author describes the recently developed Lexion models from CLAAS, their novel features and technical characteristics.

Dammann DT 2000H Plus Highlander self-propelled chassis with “Profi-Class” sprayer
(Dr. György Demes)
The article presents various practical novelties of Dammann DT 2000H Plus Highlander mobile chassis especially designed for slopes and “Profi-Class” sprayer.

LOOKOUT

Browsing in foreign journals
(Compiled and translated by: Eszter Polgár Balogh)

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

Outstanding persons of our agricultural past. Márton Németh (1910-1986)
(Miklós Kurucz)
In the frame if the series about the important persons of Hungarian agriculture, this month readers may get to know the life and work of Márton Németh.

Note (not only) for growers. Thoughts about rural development (2)
(Miklós Kurucz)
This part of the series draws the attention to the importance of rural development.

Written anno…
(Dr. Péter Inczédy)