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Agroforum 2012 August

The legacy of Saint Steven
(Dr. László Bódis)


“Future is not to predict but to prepare for”
(Dr. Zoltán Bedő, Dr. László Láng)
The authors from the Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Agricultural Research Institute give an overview how the competent experts see the agricultural issues of the future and its challenges.


The experience of growing winter rapes in 2011-2012 or the success story continues
(József Lukács)
We wish to inspire producers to grow rapes even if this year’s results show quite big differences. This article provides an overview of the picture.

Risks in rape growing
(Dr. Péter Pepó)
The author gives a detailed discussion of the risk factors relevant for rape growing and the options available to mitigate them.

Everything about us! (x)
This is a brief set of news from Dow AgroSciences.

The practice of intensive rape growing
(Miklós Légrádi)
Agrofórum visited the grower Miklós Légrádi to show his achievements obtained in rape growing under the extreme conditions prevailing during the past autumn and this spring.

Rape growing in a cost-efficient way
(Béla Klopp)
A professional from the practice outlines his ideas about growing rapes, its pros and cons. He also briefly presents the crop management programme they follow.

Rapes in a profitable way by using Yara management programme! (x)
(Dr. Czinege Erik)
Yara recommends its complete nutrient supply programme for rapes.

Clearfield® weed management scheme in rapes (x)
Get to know the weed management scheme of BASF Clearfield in winter rapes.

RAPOOL – the rape innovator (x)
(Zoltán Blum)
Have an overview of the rape breeding programme of RAPOOL Hungary Kft.

Here comes the time for sowing rapes! (x)
(Rita Vári)
This is the nutrient supply offer of Linzer Agro Trade Hungary Kft. in rapes.

Nutrients in the stubble! (x)
(Horváth József)
Cheminova Hungary Kft. offers a solution for two key elements of stubble management, i.e. weed control and soil conditioning.

Let’s base successful rape production in autumn… (x)
(Domonkos Lukács)
We need to apply an intensive crop management programme in order to maintain the profitability of rape growing. Makhteshim Agan wishes to contribute to this with its SULTAN + ORIUS package.

Rapes 2012/13. New price, new goal and a new management programme (x)
(Tamás Fehér)
This is Kwizda’s plant protection offer for rape growers.

Cheminova Rape Autumn Pack … and winter may come! (x)
(Tibor Rácz)
Cheminova draws the attention of rape growers to its Rape Autumn Pack.


There’s a dangerous leak in our ship, SOS! We are sinking!
(Pál U. Kralovánszky)
EUROSTAT pocketbook has been published recently, summarising the main achievements of EU-27 member states in agriculture. The document shows the gross N-balance related to 1 hectare of agricultural land in the particular countries for year 2008. With this in mind, the author analyses the Hungarian N-balance and the processes in its background.

The Club of Five Hundred (x)
(József Király, Csongor Kiss)
Nitrogénművek Zrt. recommends growers a series of up-to-date fertilizer demonstration trials with an advisory service background.

Thriving food export (2)
(Dr. Jenő Szabó)
The present paper outlines the export- import balance of food economy and the trends in the demand of Hungary’s main foreign markets.

Protection from the first day with Bayer’s seed treatment products (x)
(Farády László)
Bayer CropScience recommends growers its two products, Lamardor and Yunta Quattro, for the seed treatment season of autumn 2012.

Agriculture had a successful year in 2011 (2)
(Zsolt Andrási, Gábor Valkó)
In the second part of their article, the authors from the Hungarian Statistical Office evaluate the performance of the agricultural sector in 2011, based on the macro-economical indices of the year. They also present the trends of using labour force in agriculture and the balance of goods of agricultural origin in foreign trade.

Cost-efficient desiccation and seed treatment offer from Sharda (x)
(Dr. László Kondár)
Have a look at the plant protection recommendation from Sharda Hungary Kft.

I. National-International Ragweed Day in the Hunter Hall of the Parliament
(Dr. János Molnár)
Initiated by the International Ragweed Society, the International Ragweed Day was organised by the Hungarian Plant Protection Society and the Sustainable Development Committee of the Hungarian Parliament on the first Saturday in summer on 23 June 2012. The aim of the day was to draw the attention to the severe health and economic problems that this noxious weed causes and to seek effective solution to such problems.

Managing cereal and rape stubbles, eliminating ragweed and the bases of control

Ragweed: still not to be blamed but to be praised?
(Dr. Miklós Juhász)
The author wishes to present the arguments to support the need for controlling ragweed in order to dispel misconceptions spreading nowadays about the favourable physiological effects of this plant. He outlines the reasons why ragweed should not be protected, rather needs to be controlled in order to reduce its populations in the country.

Retro R – for effective and cost-efficient desiccation easy to plan (x)
(Attila Valovics)
Get to know the new product of Chemtura Europe Ltd. recommended for enhancing crop ripening and desiccation.


Study on the disease resistance of sugar beet varieties…
(Dr. László Gergely, Ágnes Horpácsi Zsulya)
An important criterion of including new sugar beet varieties in the national list, in addition to sugar yields (t/ha), is the disease resistance of variety candidates. The authors draw the attention to this, by publishing the results for 2011 of trials carried out by the National Food Chain Safety Agency (NÉBIH) to test varietal resistance to rhizomania and cercospora leaf spot.

Hybrid wheat: no better one in stress tolerance (x)
How have the wheat hybrids of SAATEN-UNION Hungary Kft. performed in the practice?

Small garden all year around. Jobs in August
(Franciska Tóth Bogdányi)
At the beginning of the month, gardens swelter in heat, while late August is frequently rainy and cool. Our ancestors called August the “month of abundance”; time has come for preparing fruit jams, drying produces and fruits.

Wheat growing in an efficient way (x)
(Margit Nagy)
Fertilia Kft. recommends its gramix NPK fertilizers with higher phosphorous and additional micro-element contents for the basic nutrient supply of wheat in autumn.


Summary of the produce market (PN)
You may have an overview of the processes taken place at the global produce markets of the major field crop (wheat, maize, sunflowers and rapes) prices and crop volumes are summed up.


“Let’s learn gene technology” (25) Hazards and risks due to the deficiencies of research and development in gene technology
(Dr. László Heszky)
The fifth chapter of the series “Let’s learn gene technology”, deals with the risks of growing and using transgenic varieties. The previous (V/1) part clarified the basic terms and presented the main groups of hazards and risks. This part focuses on the risk factors that can be attributed to the “childhood diseases” of biotechnology as a young discipline of science.


Broccoli: an alternative plant to cauliflower
(Dr. Sándor Hodossi, Dr. László Dudás)
Broccoli is a close relative of cauliflower but more valuable than that in every aspect. In addition, it is less demanding and can be grown also in summer. This is why the authors, after giving general information about broccoli, present the variety types and the crop management methods applied in Hungary, in order to stimulate growers to deal with this crop.


The advantages and disadvantages of grass cover between the rows
(Dr. László Szalay)
A requirement of following integrated production of stone and pome fruits is to provide grass cover between the rows. Grassing, as any other tillage method has both advantages and drawbacks. The present article wishes to outline the reasons why it is worthy doing this job in the orchards and what we can do to eliminate the eventually occurring disadvantages.


The maintenance and distribution of grapevine varieties with pathogen-free propagating and planting materials.
(Dr. Edit Hajdu et al.)
The authors give an account of various methods and aspects of the vegetative propagation of vines. Furthermore, they outline the conditions of establishing and maintaining nuclear and propagation stocks and discuss the criteria of producing pathogen-free propagating materials of grapevine.

(Dr. Zanathy Gábor)
The aim of the article is not to present the meteorological processes taking place in connection with hailstorms, but rather to outline the degrees and symptoms of hails, as well as the jobs to be done in vineyards after suffering hailstorms.


Let’s learn about harvesters…(29) Success in tomatoes – with several run-ups
(Dr. László Bense, István Nagy)
Let’s get acquainted with the implements and methods of the mechanical ways of harvesting tomatoes, the structures of the particular models and their operation.

“It is worth buying such a machine for everyone undertaking contracted work” (x)
(Dr. György Demes)
A professional from the practice speaks about the advantages of using Monosem NG Plus drill.

How to choose?… (17) Potato harvesters
(Dr. József Fűzy)
This part of the series presents the major structural units of potato harvesters and the technical options of harvesting. The author also wishes to provide certain recommendations for choosing the machines and carrying out the job of harvesting.

Väderstad-Verken AB is 50 years old and the Hungarian Väderstad Kft. is 15 years old. Report
(Dr. György Demes)
Väderstad Kft. celebrated a double jubilee at its headquarters in Kápolnásnyék on 15 June 2012. The event marked the 15th anniversary of the foundation and the 50th anniversary of the parent company Väderstad-Verken AB. The question is obvious: what kind of results can be expected from the technology shift offered by Väderstad machines? The convincing answers were given again in the talk of the university professor and head of department, dr. Márta Birkás of Szent István University and by certain growers she addressed the question to. The article summarises the most important conclusions of the meeting.


The rules of agricultural leasing in Hungary
(Dr. Zoltán Mucsányi, Dr. Attila Ótós)
The authors deal with certain issues they consider relevant in connection with the current legal background of agricultural leasing in Hungary, without striving for completeness.


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


Note (not only) for growers. About the farm size
(Miklós Kurucz)
This month’s note discusses the issues of farms sizes, taking four field crops (wheat, maize, potatoes and sunflowers) as examples in terms of sector results, production costs and average yields.

Outstanding persons of our agricultural past. Ödön Kolossváry (1857-1921)
(Miklós Kurucz)
This month readers may get acquainted with the life and work of Ödön Kolossváry in the frame of our series presenting the great persons contributing to agricultural development in Hungary.

Written anno…
(Dr. Péter Inczédy)