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Agroforum 2012 January

Someone should always be awake
(Dr. László Bódis)

TOPIC OF THE MONTH

The future of agriculture and the agriculture of the future
(Dr. József Popp)
The author from the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (AKI) provides an analysis of Hungarian agriculture with aspects of the safety of food, energy and the environment, outlining the situation, future prospects and international effects.

FOCUSING ON PROTEIN PLANTS

The Hungarian “protein problem” – black and white
(Dr. Pál U. Kralovánszky)
The paper gives a situation analysis of the production structure, the share of the particular sectors, and problems of Hungarian agriculture and food industry in connection with the protein programme to be implemented.

From red pepper to soya bean. Report
(Dr. Sándor Balikó)
How can protein of plant origin, or one of its basic material, soybean successfully grown in Hungary? This is the topic of the talk with János Harangozó, manager of Terra Unió Agriculture Kft. in connection with the soybean variety show and consultation they held together with Bóly Zrt. on 20 September for the interested growers of the surrounding farms.

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

Protein programme and The basic points of the protein programme
(Dr. László Bódis et al.)
Protein programme to be launched again!? It is needed to be done so as it is a part of the National Rural Strategy. Over a year ago the ministry asked certain experts involved in the “protein issue” to outline the main frame of a protein programme to be restarted. The key points are published under this title.

WORTHY OF ATTENTION

Facing agriculture. Comment
(Ferenc József Nagy)
Ideas related to agricultural strategy and in particular, land policy gave rise to higher interest among professionals than expected. This is why now we publish a new contribution to the National Rural Strategy.

Visions. Comment
(Dr. Pál Hajas)
Ideas related to agricultural strategy and in particular, land policy gave rise to higher interest among professionals than expected. This is why now we publish a new contribution to the National Rural Strategy.

Proven solution for weed control in maize also under extreme weather conditions (x)
Recommendations on weed control in maize from Nufarm Hungária Kft.

AGROFÓRUM in the light of examinations
(AF)
Kleffmann and Partner Kft. carried out a market research by phone on behalf of AGROFÓRUM in September 2011. Now we share the conclusions of the quest.

Hungarian plant protection facing significant changes
(Gyula László)
The article summarises the most important recommendations of directive 2009/128/EC EU establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides, and certain novel methods of integrated pest management (pheromone traps for mating disruption, biological control) that need to be supported according to the EU directive.

2012 – a double jubilee for Bayer (x)
Past, present and future from Bayer CropScience.

Finishing the year with novelties from Bayer. Report
(Attila Kosztolányi)
Bayer CropScience organised its traditional series of season-closing conferences on the pest management of field crops at five points of the country also in 2011, among them in Domonyvölgy on 2 December 2011. In addition to the control of pests and diseases of cereals, rapes and maize, the event focussed on the new products to be released by Bayer in 2012.

Remembering István Fekete
(Dr. László Bódis)
We commemorate one of the greatest Hungarian writers of nature, István Fekete in connection with a memorial erected in his honour in Mosonmagyaróvár.

SANTANA 1G – We have asked users also in 2011 (II) (x)
Consumers’ opinions about the use of Santana 1G soil insecticide.

Cereal plants in the Bible
(Dr. Miklós Juhász)
Winter is a period for farmers to have a rest and recover. This time many people take the Bible that is not easy to read but its rows bring a kind of relief for many of us. The Bible is a real goldmine for farmers! If we are only interested in plants, by reading the pages we may get to know what kind of plants could be found in the surroundings of men in the ancient times, which ones were grown in the fields and how these plants have become essential food plants of mankind and an important part of men’s life during the thousands of years.

Christmas party with partners at Chemtura
(Gabriella Demes)
A festive atmosphere greeted again the ones invited to the traditional Christmas partner meeting of the Hungarian branch of Chemtura Europe Ltd. The company informed the guests about the achievements reached in 2011, future plans and the new products to be released.

Extremely rainy year followed by an extremely dry one
(Vilmos Vadász)
The author from the Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ) gave an account, from the point of view of crop production, of the weather conditions in 2011 that were similarly extreme but in a different way than in 2010.

Force 1.5 G – without risk! (x)
(Katalin Vereczkey)
Soil insecticide granules are recommended by Syngenta for maize growers.

Small garden all year around. Jobs in January
(Franciska Tóth Bogdányi)
The new series of Agrofórum launched with this article recalls the world of kitchen gardens around the house and of orchards. Month by month we will deal with vegetable plants, fruit trees and shrubs and sum up the timely jobs. Time to time we will look at certain ornamentals and other works to be done in the garden.

Have a successful poppy seed season also this year! (x)
(Dr. Erik Czinege)
This is Yara’s recommendation on nutrient supply for poppy seed growers.

PRODUCE MARKET

Summary of the produce market
(MZs – 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.

BIOTECHNOLOGY

 

Let’s learn gene technology” (19) The successes and consequences of growing transgenic (GM) varieties
(Dr. László Heszky)
The present and next parts of the series deal with the economic importance of plant gene technology or “Green Biotechnology”, as well as with the situation of transgenic (GM) varieties placed on the market, as well as the experience obtained from using them.

RENEWING ENERGY RESOURCES

Growing woody energy crops (7) Energy plantations – growth and development after planting
(Dr. Csaba Gyuricza)
The success of the whole plantation is determined by the cultural operation, in particular weed control, carried out in the first year after planting woody energy crops. However, before giving a detailed account of such methods, we outline the most important information about growth and development after planting.

VEGETABLE GROWING

The first EU pieces of legislation in producing planting material for vegetables were published in 1996
(Dr. Katalin Ertsey Peregi, László Rényi)
The article wishes to give a picture of implementing EU legislation of producing the propagation material of vegetable crops. It examines whether the EU approach has really been “transposed” into the Hungarian system, the kinds of positive and negative changes it has involved and the direction we are going to.

FRUIT GROWING

Accelerated turning to bearing
(Dr. László Szalay)
Fruit growers have been searching for the secret of quick turning to bearing of trees for a very long time. Various techniques can be found in old books, the most important ones for training the crown are presented here by the author.

VINE GROWING AND WINEMAKING

Potassium in grapevine soils
(Dr. Gábor Zanathy)
The potassium content and potassium supply capacity of our grapevine soils are quite different. Even the soils rich in potassium do not obviously guarantee that potassium supply will be sufficient for grapevine plants. This is why we believe it is worth considering the forms of potassium in the soil, the factors influencing potassium uptake, the aspects of basic fertilizer application, as well as certain soil analytical methods and the obtained data.

MECHANISATION, MACHINES

Machine museums – museum-worthy collections of machines (2). Machine museum in Mezőkövesd (1)
(Dr. Béla Szekeres)
The ones visiting Mezőkövesd (north-eastern Hungary) should, by all means, find time to visit the Machine Museum. This institution, known all over the country and a place of international interest, is the biggest open-air village museum in county Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén. It displays the tools, machines and relics of agricultural history used by peasants, small and family farms.

The biggest exhibition of agriculture in 2012: AGROmashEXPO (x)
An overall agro-industry forum, AGROmashEXPO is waiting for visitors at HUNGEXPO Budapest Fair Center on 25-28 January 2012 to show a wide range of machinery, as well as certain issues of input and logistics.

Novelties at the exhibition for agricultural machinery AGRITECHNICA, Hannover in 2011. Report
(Dr. József Hajdú)
The exhibition for agricultural machinery, the biggest in the over thirty years-old history of Agritechnica was organised in Hannover in November 2011. The article draws the attention to the novelties displayed on the exhibition by the producers of agricultural machines.

Väderstad Tempo – advanced level in precision sowing. Report
(Dr. György Demes)
Väderstad held a press conference on 1 December 2011 to launch the season and present the novelties to be released in 2012. The highest interest was arisen by the seed drill that the Hungarian market had been expecting from the Swedish company for several years. It took the highest amount of money ever to carry out the development.

MANAGE SMART!

Manage smart! Proposed topics
(Dr. Zoltán Mucsányi, Dr. Attila Ótos)
Agrofórum wishes to provide legal information from the point of view of practice and in a language easy to understand. The new column of the journal will deal with topics interesting for enterprises in the agricultural sector, family holdings, primary producers and other stakeholders in agricultural production and trade, agricultural legislation will not be omitted either.

LOOKOUT

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

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

“My red ribbon is blowing in the wind…” Celebrating the 80-year-old Bertalan Andrásfalvy
(Dr. István Oláh)
Bertalan Andrásfalvy, professor of ethnography was congratulated on his 80th birthday at a well-selected place, i.e. the ceremonial hall of Uránia National Film Theatre on 19 November 2011.

Note (not only) for growers. About the invisible benefit of an exposition
(Miklós Kurucz)
Conclusions are drawn after every important exhibition. Organisers wish to confirm the successfulness of the event by giving account of the exhibition area, the number of exhibitors, the masses of visitors, the value of concluded contracts and sometimes by the obvious popularity of food and drink offered for tasting. It did not happen differently in the case of the National Agriculture and Food Exhibition (OMÉK) in 2011 either.

Outstanding persons of our agricultural past. Gyula Rubinek (1865-1922)
(Miklós Kurucz)
This month readers may get acquainted with the life and work of Gyula Rubinek in the frame of our series presenting the great persons contributing to agricultural development in Hungary.

Written anno…
(Dr. Péter Inczédy)

Annex: Contents of articles published in volume 22 of AGROFÓRUM (2011), grouped in the particular topics