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Agroforum 2012 February

“Who never turns his face to the sun will never have the shadows behind him”
(Dr. László Bódis)


The future of agriculture and the agriculture of the future (2)
(Dr. György Raskó)
The article outlines the ways and techniques by which it can be achieved that global food production could increase in the next few years at a rate higher than before, meeting the requirements of sustainable development and producing enough food in good quality really for all, and last but not least, at an acceptable prize also in the 21st century.


2012 – may become the year of moderate expectations
(Csaba Horváth)
Quiet winter days are especially suitable for summing up the conclusions of the past year and to estimate the prospects of the year to come. This is done by the secretary-general of the National Council of Vine-growing Communities by presenting the recent changes taken place in the grape and wine sector.

Creating harmony in wine
(Ms Á. Nagy dr.)
The article gives a description of creating wine harmony, an ideal proportion of acids, alcohol, extracts and other ingredients. It also outlines the methods of highlighting variety characteristics and the nice wine characteristics.

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

High quality red wines
(Irina Balga, Szabolcs Villangó)
The article deals with one of the key conditions of quality wine making, advanced level grape processing with focus on barrique technology.

What results can the product description of Hungarian wines yield?
(Dr. Ernő Péter Botos)
The article deals with the effect of EU wine reform on the Hungarian wine sector. EU wine reform classifies European wines into new categories. Its objective is to give a detailed description of wines related to the particular geographical origins, production sites, the applied technologies, names and market appearance and to provide market and legal protection.

Bottling wines
(Dr. György Pásti)
Bottling wines has become a decisive element of wine trade also in Hungary in the past few decades. It is well known that wines stored in bottles generally remain in a state of longer shelf-life and in addition, a successful selection of bottles or labels has an esthetical and even a marketing value by all means. Bottling is not an exclusive characteristic of big companies anymore. This is why we believe it is worth summing up the view points to be taken into consideration during this operation.


You will succeed with Yara fertilizers! (x)
(Dr. Erik Czinege)
This is Yara’s offer for nutrient supply in various field crops.

Climate lesson is hard; we still need to learn it
(Dr. Márta Birkás)
The author begins her paper with discussing the real objectives of soil cultivation, emphasizing the prevention of soil destruction. Finally she analyses the possible reasons of the deficient emergence of rapes, evaluates wheat fields for quality and tillage operations of spring crops in autumn.

Zantara – a new cereal fungicide by Bayer CropScience (x)
(László Farády)
The first product of the recent generation of cereal fungicides from Bayer CropSciences is already available for pest management practice in 2012.

Post-registration trial with spring barley varieties, 2011
(Dr. András Tomcsányi)
The author from the Cereal Research Nonprofit Kft. publishes the analysis of yields recorded for 2011 in post-registration trials with spring barley varieties carried out at seven sites.

Grass weeds in winter cereals
(Zsuzsanna Hoffmann Pathy)
The competition of grass weeds with crops for light, water and nutrients is of the same importance as of broadleaf weeds. Furthermore, the issue of grass weeds has increased in the cultivated areas due to the more intensive herbicide and fertilizer use, as well as to the narrow crop rotation. Among them the author presents the major species in winter cereals.

Axial One® – Monocot, dicot, great (x)
(Szilvia Tóth Csantavéri)
Syngenta recommends growers its new cereal herbicide, Axiál One, available from spring of 2012.

Unity is strength! A synergy of three active substances … (x)
(József Vig)
Kwizda Agro offers its collective package Aurora Full for weed control in cereals.


DuPont Plant Protection Conference – 2012 (x)
This year DuPont Hungary Kft. has organised its series of pest management conferences for the 18th time.

Pest management situation of the major field and fruit crops in county Pest (1)
(Andrea Grünwald Almási)
The author from the Plant Protection and Soil Conservation Directorate of the Government Office of County Pest summarises the last year’s situation of the major pests covered by plant protection forecasting in field and fruit crops.

Trials with top dressing in maize (x)
(Péter Simon)
Fertilia Kft. offers its fertilizers for maize growers.

Nutrient management in winter wheat, in particular environmental friendly nitrogen supply
(Dr. Ottó Pálmai, Dr. József Horváth)
It may be taken for granted that the place of wheat in Hungarian crop production will not be significantly decreased in the future. However, because of our own interest, the safety and quality of production should be improved by all means as an essential condition of export sales under good conditions in addition to satisfying domestic demands. All these can be accomplished by appropriate nutrient supply. This is why this article gives an overall discussion of nitrogen use having the biggest impact on the crop quality and quantity, as well as imposing potential risks to the environment.

Applying Zeagran 340 SE for weed control in maize (x)
(György Salamon)
This is about a versatile herbicide for maize growers from Nufarm Hungary Kft.

“We must not focus on fighting but need to find and exploit opportunities”. Talk with dr. István Csíbor
(Dr. László Bódis, Zoltán Molnár)
A Hungarian subsidiary company of an American enterprise gave a life achievement award to dr. István Csíbor, general director of Szekszárd Plant Zrt. for his activity in agriculture. We talked with the rewarded founder of our journal in connection with the acknowledgement.

We asked users also in 2011 (III.) (x)
The opinion of users about applying soil insecticide Santana 1G can be read below this title.

Many readers drew the attention of the editors that it would be useful to launch a farming course as more and more people wish to start growing after the new prospects of renting land have opened. A part of new growers possess the due qualification – mainly young ones –, but there are quite many who have the necessary endeavour to cultivate the land but up till now they have not had the possibility to obtain knowledge to do that. AGROFÓRUM FARMING COURSE wishes to help them.

‘Pétisó’ – calcium ammonium nitrate – the vital force (x)
Pétisó’ – calcium ammonium nitrate and plant nutrition have been related terms for 80 years.

Harvesting prizes at the awarding ceremony of the Maize Yield Competition …
(Dr. László Bódis)
The Hungarian Maize Club Association held the awarding ceremony of the 3rd Maize Yield Competition in Savoya Palace on 16 December 2011?

The role of indigenous buffaloes (x)
The call for project proposals for the development of the buffalo reserve of Lake Nagyszéksós at Mórahalom will soon be closed.

Dow Seeds: we give the best of us! (x)
Get to know the maize variety offer of Dow Seeds!

Small garden all year around. Jobs in February
(Franciska Tóth Bogdányi)
February makes gardeners hide themselves in their houses. However, good farmers do not waste their time there either – there are always things to do: to plan the vegetable garden and sow the seeds for growing young plants.

Spirit – safety of in-crop treatments (x)
(Dr. Domonkos Lukács)
This is a new herbicide programme from Makhteshim Agan Hungary for maize growers.

The annual meeting of the R&D Centre of 3 Frontiers in Eastern Hungary .
(Dr. Sándor Hodossi)
R&D Centre of 3 Frontiers in Eastern Hungary established as an association by 31 professors three years ago held its annual meeting in Mátészalka in December 2011. After the professional and financial reports, the participants discussed and approved the things to be done in the future based on the experience of the past 3 years.


Summary of the produce market
(VE – PP)
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.


Hot pepper is a precious Hungarian speciality
(Dr. Sándor Hodossi et al.)
Peppers (both sweet and hot ones) are much more important among vegetables in Hungary than on a world scale. The present paper deals with hot peppers by describing the quality indicators for the raw material and the milling product. The author also outlines the history of the Hungarian hot pepper research and the current challenges of the Hungarian hot pepper sector.


Prospects and methods for forecasting major pome fruit pests (2)
(Annamária Tüh)
The control of pests carried out with appropriate timing cannot be achieved without using the particular forecasting methods. Now you may get to know the options to be applied against the major pests of pome fruits causing yield losses of economic importance.

Without pesticide residues against fruit moths (x)
(Gyula László)
The role of pheromones by using ISOMATE®-ISONET® products and MADEX®, an insecticide with granulovirus as active substance in up-to-date plant protection is described.

‘Pétisó’ – calcium ammonium nitrate – the vital force (x)
This is the offer by Genezis partner network to control soil acidification.


Climate change and vine growing
(Dr. Gábor Zanathy)
It is difficult to accurately predict the future, including the climate of the forthcoming period. It is really doubtful that among the various climatic scenarios which will become true. No matter how the climate of our area will be shaped, vine growers need to accommodate to the changes. It is worth making the best of the potentials for both vineyard structure and the crop management programme following the seasonal characteristics.


How to choose?… (16/2) Levelling and compacting implements
(Dr. István J. Jóri)
This part of the series describes the purpose, structure, equipment, altogether the performance of compacting implements, i.e. various rollers in order to allow growers to select these tillage implements based on a profound knowledge of the particular machines.

Inaugurating new premises in Dombóvár. New premises replaced the old one. Report
(Dr. György Demes)
The new premises of AXIÁL Kft. were inaugurated in Dombóvár on 2 December 2011. Zsolt Harsányi, the owner and manager of AXIÁL Kft. briefly summarised the history of the past 20 years. He also outlined the future that justified the need for such and similar investments in spite of the economic environment becoming more and more difficult.


Product lien
(Dr. Zoltán Mucsányi, Dr. Attila Ótos)
The season starts early in the year in agricultural trade. Sales representatives and growers conclude contracts for pesticides, seeds and fertilizers. This is an important moment of the year, as in various cases the contracts cover much more than the delivery of a simple product. In case of a delayed payment the product grown by the customer is recommended to serve as security for the time of the contract. The safest means of this in terms of the contract is product lien based on official documents.


Browsing in foreign journals
(Compiled and translated by: Eszter Polgár Balogh)
This is the regular review of interesting articles published in foreign journals.


Note (not only) for growers. About concluding a contract
(Miklós Kurucz)
The issue was a topic in the series of Notes (December 2006), but it seems that this has not lost topicality. This was especially proved by the sad stories of the past two years that farmers can grow but can’t market.

Outstanding persons of our agricultural past. Gyula Kadocsa (1880-1962)
(Miklós Kurucz)
This month readers may get acquainted with the life and work of Gyula Kadocsa in the frame of our series presenting the great persons contributing to agricultural development in Hungary.

Written anno…
(Dr. Péter Inczédy)