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Agroforum 2013 July

In a July evening
(Dr. László Bódis)

TOPIC OF THE MONTH

“God’s pharmacy”. Report
(Dr. László Bódis)
The Research Company for Medicinal Plants organised a conference on 8 May on the situation of the Hungarian medicinal plant sector and the prospects of development. Reporting about the event, firstly we refer to the introductory lecture of the director József Péter Pallos, following with the draft of the National Medicinal Plant Programme outlined by Miklós Szatmári. Finally, we briefly summarise the information given by the high officials of the ministries responsible for the topic.

Collecting and growing medicinal plants in Hungary today – Is it a success sector?
(Dr. Éva Zámbori Németh)
The author, presenting the situation and the prospects of the sector of medicinal plants in Hungary, wishes to summarise what to take into consideration when preparing for growing medicinal plants or if one is simply interested in this activity.

FOCUSING ON CLIMATE AND WATER

Climate change and safety. Report
(Dezső Kőhalmi)
Budapesti Corvinus University organised a conference in its Buda Campus on 9 May with the aim of evaluating, from the point of view of climate change, the challenges of military research, adaptation, risk mitigation and water management in Hungary. Further objectives were seeking alternatives and interpreting the recommendations in the light of the tools of mitigating the negative effects of climate change.

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

WORTHY OF ATTENTION

Hungarian agriculture performed better in 2012 than expected (2)
(Zsolt Andrási, Gábor Valkó)
In the second part of their paper, the authors from the Central Statistical Office evaluate the performance of Hungarian agriculture based on the data for 2012. They describe the trends of changing in agricultural employment and the foreign trade balance of agricultural commodities.

Tillage and drilling – tiny details for success (x)
Soil cultivation techniques are recommended for successful rape growing in RAPOOL’s way.

Growers’ Forum in Bábolna. Report
(Miklós Kurucz)
We guide our readers to the conference of the Grain Producers’ Association held at Bábolna Farmers’ Days. Sixteen invited speakers shared recent information with participants in four topics: foreseen subsidies, cereal market prospects, integrated crop production and agricultural financing.

Nitrogen leaching from Hungarian soils in the winter and early spring of 2013 (x)
Get to know why it is recommended for growers to use Genezis Cereal foliar fertilizer!

Growing and/or greening? Report
(Dr. László Bódis )
After visiting France, Spain, Poland, Italy and The United Kingdom, the series of events titled “Multifunctional countryside” has arrived to its sixth country, i.e. Hungary. The meeting “Multifunctional countryside – balancing between agriculture and natural environment” was held in the Ballroom of Hotel Corinthia, Budapest on 3 June 2013.

Forty years revolutionizing Hungarian agriculture
(Dr. György Demes , Dr. László Bódis )
This year, at the end of May KITE organised a conference celebrating the fortieth anniversary of founding the company. Two acknowledged witnesses, still active shapers of the firm, Csaba Balogh, president and Géza Búvár, chief executive pointed out the standout moments in and notable events of the past four decades of KITE Zrt. The article summarises the major milestones to date of the company based on what was heard at the conference.

The formation of plant protection professionals at Pannon University, Georgikon Faculty, Keszthely…
(Dr. András Takács)

The Fifth Maize Yield Competition is about to start. Report
(Dr. László Bódis )
The Hungarian Maize Club opened its “recruiting offices” in Aranybulla Zrt. at Székesfehérvár-Kisfalud and University of Debrecen on 15 and 16 May 2013, respectively. They invited maize growers of the country and the Carpathian basin for a competition for the fifth time.

Lajtamag Kft. is 20 years old. Report
(Dr. Pál Békési)
Lajtamag Kft. has been operating for 20 years and annually organises its successful meetings with partners. This happened also this season when the anniversary gave special importance to the event held at Mosonudvar on 5 June. The programme highlighted a fodder plant, soya bean having been shadowed so far and the prospects of producing this crop.

See to harvesting even in autumn! (x)
(Péter Raj)
Timac Agro draws growers’ attention to its soil-specific fertilizers.

Farming course (16) Harvest
(József Kovács)
This part of the series of ‘Farming course’ gives an overview of the hard work of harvesting, the jobs to do and the methods to apply, using the example of certain crops.

A meeting in the light of the 150-year’s jubilee. Report
(Dr. György Demes )
It was already the tenth time that Bayer invited growers for a meeting. The event, organised at five locations, was marked by the 150-year-anniversary of founding Bayer Group. We asked Bayer’s former registration manager, currently the representative of the company for horticultural crops in the Western-Hungarian region, to sum up what was seen and heard at the meeting.

Hybrid wheat: the programme of the future in the offer of SAATEN-UNION (x)
New hybrid wheat from SAATEN-UNION Hungary Kft.

Cereal variety show in Martonvásár. Report
(Dr. László Bódis )
Cereal variety show in Karcag. Report
(Zoltán Molnár)
Cereal variety show in Szeged. Report
(Dr. László Bódis )
We report from three cereal variety demonstrations organised by three recognised Hungarian breeding sites. We believe the experiments shown and the lectures delivered there are worthy of attention also for those growers who could not attend the meeting because they are busy with the works in spring.

Weed control in rapes is justified today (x)
(A. Gy.)
Practical experience of weed control in rapes by using DuPont programme.

Gödöllő Farmers’ Days. ,,Generation shift in agriculture”. Report
(Gergő Péter Kovács, István Balla)
“Gödöllő Farmers’ Days” was organised for the 16th time this year on 12 June 2013 by Szent István University (SZIE) and DuPont Hungary Kft. under the title “Generation shift in agriculture. The event was hosted by SZIE, Demonstration Centre of Crop Production and Biomass Use as usually.

An exemplary initiation: AGRO.bio Hungary Kft. has founded an award. Report
(Dr. István Oláh)
AGRO.bio Hungary Kft., has founded a professional prize titled “Márton József-award for contributing to sustainable Hungarian Agriculture” in honour of the founder, engineer of agriculture József Márton. The company wishes to organise annually the awarding ceremony to commemorate the innovative professional who wanted to adapt to changes.

Mavrik-programme already in sunflowers! (x)
(Dr. Domonkos Lukács)
The tau-fluvalinate insecticide Mavrik has been registered for use, in addition to rapes, apples and grapes, already in sunflowers and cereals.

Novelties at the current season’s Syngenta Product Show. Report
(Dr. György Demes)
Syngenta Product Show, followed by great interest, was organised traditionally in Enying and Hajdúböszörmény. The plant protection and variety offer of Syngenta, presented by the professionals of the company, was made even more reliable by completing the expressed verbal information with on-site demonstration.

Small garden all year round. Jobs in July
(Franciska Tóth Bogdányi)

Toprex – A product to ensure your yields! (x)
(János Tóth, Beáta Vajda)
Syngenta Kft. recommends its product called Toprex for the growth regulator treatment of rapes in autumn.

PRODUCE MARKET

Summary of the produce market
(Ildikó Edit Tikász, Edina Varga)
You may have an overview of the processes taken place on the global produce markets of the major field crop – wheat, maize, sunflowers, rapes – and soybean – prices and crop volumes are summed up.

VEGETABLE GROWING

Cost-benefit relations of green peas and sweet corn
(Dr. Katalin Béládi, Szlovák Sándor)
The authors from the Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (AKI) give an account of the economic situation of perhaps the most important vegetables, i.e. green peas and sweetcorn. They used the sectoral database of the pilot holding system of AKI to analyse the cost-benefit relations of the two crops accounting for the majority of Hungarian vegetable growing.

FRUIT GROWING

Apricot varieties for the fresh market
(Dr. László Szalay, Veronika Hajnal)
Breeders regularly produce new varieties. The paper wishes to present 10 foreign varieties that were bred mainly for fresh market and worth the attention of Hungarian apricot growers.

The spiritual legacy of Dr. Miklós Faust. Report
(Dr. László Szalay)
Budapest Corvinus University, Faculty of Horticultural Sciences hosted the scientific memorial session on 3 June 2013, commemorating the15th anniversary of the death of Miklós Faust. He was an investigator who laid great emphasis on solving research tasks in the different areas of fruit growing, putting scientific results into practice.

VINE GROWING AND WINEMAKING

Treatment of axillary shoots
(Dr. Gábor Zanathy)
Summer or axillary buds sprout in summer. However, the intensively developing axillary shoots use abundant water and nutrients, leading to shadowing each other, preventing airflow and increasing the risk of diseases in the crop. On the other hand, they improve crop quality and the ripening of shoots with their high assimilation activity. No wonder, the question arises about how to handle the case of axillary shoots. What is the balance of their negative and positive effects? The article wishes to answer this much-discussed question.

Applying foliar fertilizers at fruit-set and berry growth of grapevine (x)
(Gábor Tóth)
Yara’s advisor points out in his article why it is worth deciding to use YaraVitaTM foliar fertilizers in vineyards.

MECHANISATION, MACHINES

All new Massey Ferguson tractors, combine harvesters and square balers are accessible with budgeting loan at half price! (x)
Massey Ferguson facilitates machine investments with a new, individual financing construction for growers and holdings in Hungary.

AXIÁL Practical Academy. “Practice that you cannot find in textbooks”
(Dr. György Demes)
AXIÁL invited farmers to the fields with the slogan indicated in the title in order to show the machines, essential in up-to-date crop production and the prospects of using them in the practice. The demonstration focused on the mechanisation of cattle husbandry and the related field crop growing, and took place at Beled, in the premises of ‘Előre Farmers’ Cooperative’ and the surrounding fields. Among the great number of machines and machine connections, according to the crop production character of our journal, we give an account of the novelties and machines of the field show, without striving for completeness, in text and pictures.

Vogel-Noot TerraDig semi-deep and deep soil looseners (x)
Get to know the key characteristics of TerraDig looseners from Vogel-Noot.

LOOKOUT

Browsing in foreign journals
(Compiled and translated by: Eszter PolgárBalogh)
Based on an article published at a foreign website, the current review gives an account of the work carried out in a model organic farm managed in a Cuban city.

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

Outstanding persons of our agricultural past. Imre Rázsó Sr. (1873-1922)
(Miklós Kurucz)
This month readers may get acquainted with the life and work of Imre Rázsó Sr. in the frame of our series presenting the great persons contributing to agricultural development in Hungary

Written anno……
(Dr. Péter Inczédy)