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Agroforum 2012 March

Waiting for spring
(Dr. László Bódis)


The agriculture of the future and the future of agriculture (3)
(János Pócs)
The author, familiar with banking business used to be a large-scale producer. He lets us have an insight into the secrets of the global economy and finance, i.e. topics not always clear for simple growers. The same refers to that the appearance frequently covers up what is happening behind the screen and the spheres of interest moving the economic processes from the background will remain hidden.


Tillage techniques from the point of view of the grower. Round-table discussion
(Dr. László Bódis)
The round-table discussion allowed the participants, professionals working in the practice to express their soil cultivation philosophy and the way they tackle the problem of extreme situations created by weather conditions as they did during the year 2010 with standing water and in the extremely dry 2011.

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

Book review. The incorporated future – Information for everyone on soil biology and bacterium fertilizer application
(Sándor Vajda)
A book intended to be a stop-gap and pioneering manual of growing with focus on soil has been published. The volume of 76 pages discusses, in a clear way, easy to understand for everybody, the theoretical and practical information that would help successful crop production.


Glory for potatoes – Cultural history of potatoes
(Katalin Bédai)
The article covers the cultural history of potatoes, presenting the most important stages of conquering the European continent.

You will succeed by using Yara fertilizers! (x)
(Dr. Erik Czinege)
This is what Yara recommends for the nutrient supply of the particular field crops.

The recurrent outbreak and damage by an old-new disease of potatoes in Hungary
(Dr. László Gergely)
In the past decade the subsequent years with seasons warmer and frequently drier than the average of many years, as well as the agricultural conditions changing for the worse  due to improper tillage, unbalanced water and nutrient supply, large-scale weed infestation, were favourable for the outbreak of an almost forgotten plant disease, i.e. stolbur phytoplasma in Hungary.

Among ears… Congratulations to János Matuz, a winner of Gábor Dénes award
(Dr. István Oláh)
We can read the congratulations to János Matuz on the occasion that the wheat breeder of the Cereal Research Nonprofit Kft., Szeged was given the prestigious Gábor Dénes award for his breeding work in cereals, in particular aestivum and durum wheat. The event took place in the Parliament on 15 December 2011.

Top dressing fertilizers offered by Fertilia for spring of 2012 (x)
(Margit Nagy)
Fertilia Kft. recommends growers its Gramix NP and Gramix NPK products for top dressing in cereals and sunflowers.

Disease resistance trials with maize hybrids included in the national list
(Péter Hertelendy, Zsuzsanna Birta Vas)
It was already the fifth year in 2011 that the Agricultural Office carried out post-registration trials with maize hybrids included in the national list, financed and organised by the Grain Producers’ Association and the Hungarian Seed Association. Trial results published in the article can help growers to consider the disease risks likely to be involved in growing a particular hybrid at a given production site.

“Meeting of the Academy” placed out to Keszthely. Report
(Zoltán Molnár)
Report from the plenary session of the 22nd Plant Protection Forum at Keszthely.

Extra options in foliar fertilizer application with a biostimulator (x)
(Péter Raj)
Timac AGRO recommends its foliar fertilisers containing biostimulators for promising yields in rapes and wheat.

Results of trials with sunflower varieties for resistance to diseases, 2011
(Dr. László Gergely et al.)
The authors publish the results of the small plot trials carried out at a national scale with sunflower varieties in order to assess their response to fungal diseases, such as white stem and head rot, gray stem spot, charcoal rot, Alternaria stem blight, Phoma black stem, as well as to infestation by broomrape.

I might be wrong…
(Dr. László Bódis)
This is a report from the Month of Agricultural Books in 2012.

Leander Top – a new cereal fungicide from Makhteshim (x)
(Dr. Domonkos Lukács)
Get to know the new cereal fungicide from Makhteshim, containing two active substances (epoxiconazole + fenpropidin), Leander Top.

Pest management situation in the major field crops in county Pest (2)
(Andrea Grünwald Almási)
The author from the Government Office of County Pest, Directorate of Plant Protection and Soil Conservation summarises the situation of the major pests and diseases occurred in orchards last year.

New Education Centre for Technology and Science at Szent István Univesity. Report
The investments having been carried out recently at Szent István University (SZIE) serve for increasing competitiveness among institutions of higher education and for advanced-level formation of students. Owing to the investment of HUF 1.7 billion, an efficient development of infrastructure was accomplished in Gödöllő that allowed totally upgrading and renewing the practical training capacity at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, almost doubling the laboratory area and completing with up-to-date equipments and tools.

Cherokee® – Overall protection against foliar and ear diseases caused by fungi (x)
(György Kurtz)
Consider the offer of Syngenta for the control of fungal diseases in cereals!

The occurrence of David’s spurge in Hungary
(Szilárd Molnár et al.)
You can read about a weed plant, unknown up to now in Hungary, native in North America and Mexico, introduced to several places in Europe and spreading mainly along railway lines. The plant, called David’s spurge, flowers in late summer and autumn, was found by plant protection inspector in the outskirts of the village Igar in August 2011.

The final payment of SAPS (Single Area Payment Scheme) for year 2011 has started. Report
Dr. Sándor Fazekas, minister of agriculture lunched the final payment of SAPS (Single Area Payment Scheme) for year 2011 in an environment well suited to the topic but breaking with the traditions. By that the second part of Single Area Payment Scheme belonging to the responsibilities of the Ministry of Agriculture began to be transferred to growers. The event took place at the cattle husbandry premises for 950 animals of Bicskei MG Zrt. at Ödön Farmstead, Etyek on 19 January 2012 with the participation of the representatives of the technical journals.

The public summons of the Ministry of Rural Development, Department of Food Chain Control
The ministry published its call for satisfying the requirement of notifying the detection and identification of quarantine pests.

Double protection against the fungal diseases of cereals (x)
(György Salamon)
The author, a professional of Nufarm Hungary Kft. recommends the fungicide Mystic Pro for use in cereals.

Again about the walnut husk fly
(Dr. Erzsébet Voigt, Dr. Miklós Tóth)
We already drew your attention to walnut husk fly in the special edition Extra 43 of Agrofórum, dedicated to fruit growers. However, considering the importance of the topic, we would like to deal with certain issues related to this pest that are discussed by many fruit growers and plant protection professionals.

Farming course (1) The effect of weather conditions on crop production
(József Kovács)
In the first part, launching the series we are seeking the answer to the question what kind of weather conditions are needed for the healthy development of plants and what can we do in order to ensure this.

New products from Sumi Agro. Report (x)
(Attila Kosztolányi)
We asked the managing director of Sumi Agro, László Wirth and the development and registration manager of the company, Ferenc Jáger about their novelties for this season.

Small garden all year around. Jobs in March
(Franciska Tóth Bogdányi)
March frequently starts with frost and snow; however, dedicated gardeners perform more and more jobs in the garden in spring that comes once slowly, other times in a rush with slightly warming weather conditions.

New messages from BASF to growers in 2012. Report
(Dr. György Demes)
BASF accomplished a successful year in 2011 and is preparing for the agricultural season of 2012 with special technical novelties. The meeting organised to launch the season is about this and the new business ideas and philosophy of BASF. The representatives of the technical journals were also invited to the event focusing on the slogans, among them reliability, readiness for cooperation and responsible behaviour.

We asked users also in 2011 (IV) (x)
Users speak about Santana 1G soil insecticide.

The comforting efficiency and flexibility (x)
(A. Gy.)
The topic is cereal crop protection based on DuPont products.

Safe weed control under any circumstances (x)
(Szilvia Tóth Csantavéri)
Syngenta recommends Lumax for basic weed control in maize.

Dear Reader!  (x)
(Attila Galankó)
Get to know the key points of the soybean varieties jointly recommended by Saatbau Linz Hungary Kft. and Lajtamag Kft..

Bayer herbicides for clean cereals (x)
(László Farády)
Bayer solutions for weed control in cereals can be found below this heading.


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.


“Let’s learn gene technology” (20) The experience of growing transgenic (GM) varieties in the United States
(Dr. László Heszky)
GM crops such as maize, cotton and soybean have a history of over a decade in the United States. We publish the positive and negative experience of this long-term production.


Biomass production and use in Sweden
(Dr. Csaba Gyuricza, Dr. László Aleksza)
We present three kinds of biomass processing methods studied in the surroundings of the town Enköping, Sweden.


Climate control in outdoor vegetable growing
(Dr. Katalin Slezák et al.)
Fair yields obtained by using intensive programmes in outdoor crop growing indicate that environmental conditions, such as light, air temperature, relative humidity and air movement can be efficiently controlled also without closed areas. The methods are published in this article.


Fruit trees grown on their own roots?
(Dr. László Szalay)
The most recent number of the illustrated journal Good Fruit Grower gives an account of a 10-year-old pear orchard in Australia where ’Packham’s Triumph’ trees are grown on their own roots. In connection with this, the author examines whether it is cheaper and quicker to produce a tree on its own roots than a graft, and if we can be without the advantages of rootstocks.

Without pesticide residues against fruit moths (x)
(Gyula László)
The professional of Biocont Hungary Kft. presents the role of pheromones ISOMATE®-ISONET® in mating disruption and the use of the insecticide with active substance granulovirus MADEX® in up-to-date plant protection.

New techniques in environmentally friendly, profitable and competitive fruit growing
(Dr. László Szalay)
Various new methods, products and techniques have been developed in the past few years that can be very well applied in integrated and ecological fruit growing. The article lets us have an insight into the conference organised in January 2012 jointly by Biocont Hungary Kft. and Biokontroll Hungária Kft.,


The secrets of nesting boxes
Dr. Gábor Zanathy, Péter Szuromi)
The growers taking part in the integrated and ecological target programmes have to place out at least 6 bird nesting boxes per hectare and at least in two sizes, in the vineyard during the implementation of the programme in order to support the establishment of nesting birds. The authors are seeking the answer to the question how successfully birds could be attracted to enter the vineyards by observing the requirements. The article also discusses to what extent birds have taken possession of the different kinds of nesting boxes and deals with the appearance of the aliens, as well.

Enervin®: A revolutionary new product against grapevine downy mildew
(Attila Najat)
This is the new fungicide from BASF for controlling downy mildew in vineyards.


Let’s learn about harvesters …(25) That wonderful potato combine harvester!
(Dr. László Bense, István Nagy)
The article titled to raise awareness deals with harvesting potatoes and presents its implements, as well as the structure of the particular models.

Costs of operating agricultural machinery foreseen for 2012
(Dr. Lajos Gockler)
The Hungarian Institute of Agricultural Engineering (MGI) monitors the performance of agricultural machines and their costs in the model farms. Based on the obtained data and using the results of machine testing, they prepare cost forecasts for every year.

Continuous development: new premises also in Pécs. Report
This is a report about the inauguration of the premises by Axiál Kft. at Pécs.

“I have not been disappointed with this machine, so I have bought another one like this” (x)
(Dr. György Demes)
Practical experience with MONOSEM seeders offered by Axiál Kft..

Machine museums – museum-worthy collections of machines (3) Machine Museum in Mezőkövesd (2)
(Dr. Béla Szekeres)
The most important part of the museum of agricultural machines in Mezőkövesd consists of locomobiles and tractors. These old machines weighing 2-3 tons, manufactured at the beginning of the 20th century, powered by petrol, operated with one cylinder, working in four strokes and possessing big flywheels were the first power machines of smallholders in agricultural production. They had been in use until the time tractors became widespread. Dragged by horses or manpower, they were mostly used for driving threshing machines from the late 19th century to the end of the 1930s.


The regulation of liability for claims of employees in the new Labour Code
(Dr. Zoltán Mucsányi, Dr. Attila Ótós)
This month the legal column of our journal is dealing with one of the most important innovations in the Labour Code, i.e. the regulation of liability for claims of employees.


The centre of global fibre flax production: Normandy
(Dr. Norbert Somogyi)
“Vert-Galant” fibre flax breaking cooperative is a very interesting and characteristic example of agriculture in Normandy. At the same time it is unique in dealing with a trade without many other examples in France and Europe. Lower Normandy, in particular the area from Caen through Belgium to the Dutch-German border is the real territory for growing fibre flax.

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. Mitigation of damages in agriculture (1)
(Miklós Kurucz)
This part of the series presents the new scheme of mitigating agricultural damages.

Outstanding persons of our agricultural past. János Ormándy (1872-1962)
(Miklós Kurucz)
This month readers may get acquainted with the life and work of János Ormándy in the frame of our series presenting the great persons contributing to agricultural development in Hungary.

Written anno…
(Dr. Péter Inczédy)