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Agroforum 2013 October

Lining up
(Dr. László Bódis)


Can’t we reach greener petrol?
(Dr. Dávid Mezei)
It seems that EU is about to review the bioenergy programme, at least for the part of the fuels, which required an obligatory mixing ratio for member states. In this connection, Dr. Dávid Mezei, an advisor working at the European Parliament outlines the outcome of the debate.

Growing and using energy crops – potentials until 2020. Report
(István Balla)
On 11 September 2013, farmers’ day called “Autumn in Gödöllő” was organised already for the 16th time. The event focused on the Hungarian situation regarding renewable energy resources, in particular the use of biomass. The article gives an insight into the lectures delivered there.


Soil cultivation, with even harder lessons to learn
(Dr. Márta Birkás)
The author deals with the climate phenomena, experienced from early spring to early summer of 2013, listing the following ones: dusting provoked by frost, the clogging of frost-dust, leaching of the dust till the nearest compact layer, adverse settlement, compacting of the seedbed, crusting of the clogged surface, thick crust formation, cracking, standing water caused by natural conditions and soil management. She also recommends methods to prevent and mitigate damages. The second part of the article presents the tasks to be performed in autumn, 2013 to improve soil conditions.

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

The theory of soil moisture regime and the options for preserving water in the practice
(András Szabó)
The author from the Institute for Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA ATK TAKI) summarises the bases of soil water regime and presents the role of soil in conserving moisture. Furthermore, he discusses the tillage operations in autumn that are the most suitable for preserving, later increasing soil moisture. In addition, he provides an overview of certain alternative tillage systems that are in particular useful to achieve this goal.

Joker HD – cutting the way ahead (x)
HORSCH recommends growers Joker HD for handling stubble residues that are hard to level.

About European corn borer from the point of view of tillage
(Dr. Márta Birkás)
The author examined 160 samples of maize stem residues in six regions in autumn, 2012 and spring, 2013 during her studies on changing soil conditions. She concluded that the occurrence of larvae is primarily related to the quality of stem chopping. Larvae overwinter in long stem pieces even in ploughed soil, while no survived larvae could be found in stem parts cut shorter than 10 cm.

Great Tillage Show – 2013. Report
(Dr. József Hajdú)
It was already the fourth time in early August this year that the Great Tillage Show was organised at two sites, at Nak (western Hungary; Transdanubia) and Törökszentmiklós (eastern Hungary over the river Tisza region). Now readers can have an idea about the new implements of tillage, sowing and field spraying.

After harvesting maize and sunflowers with BactoFil CELL, winner of a Hungarian Product Grand Prize …(x)
The benefits of using the microbial product BactoFil CELL, a winner of a Hungarian Product Grand Prize, for maize and sunflower growers.

Strip till in KITE’s way (x)
(Dr. György Demes)
Get to know the advantages of tillage machine 1tRIPr for strip cultivation, manufactured by Orthman and distributed by KITE Company.


Portrait. “It is worth working for competitive agriculture” Talk with József Vancsura
(Dr. László Bódis)
The article is a talk with the president of the Hungarian Association of Cereal Producers, József Vancsura.

Dangerous plant diseases II. (12/3) Sour cherry anthracnose
(Dr. László Vajna)
This part of the series on “Dangerous plant diseases” puts sour cherry anthracnose under the magnifying glass. The paper gives an overview of the geographical distribution of the pathogen, its host-range, economic importance of the disease, symptoms, epidemiology and last but not least, the options for control.

Shall we apply foliar fertilizers in autumn? (x)
(János Térmeg)
Have a look at Yara’s offer for foliar fertilizer application in autumn for winter cereals and rapes.

About irrigation – in another way. Report
(Dr. István Oláh)
The article reports from the meeting held at Kislippó Farm of Bóly Zrt. company.

Have success with Pantera! (x)
(Csaba Vados)
The Hungarian team of Chemtura recommends a super-selective herbicide to control grasses.

Generative reproductive organs of minor weed species in row crops IV – V
(Dr. Gabriella Kazinczi, Dr. Csaba Pintér)
The macro-images prepared by a special technique are completed with descriptions by an acknowledged expert to improve our knowledge about minor weed species in row crops.

Sumi Agro’s XIVth Cereal Forum. Report
(Attila Kosztolányi)
After 2011 – respecting tradition – Sumi Agro Hungary Kft. organized its 14th Cereal Forum again in Hotel Silvanus at Visegrád. The meeting, held on 10 September 2013, focused on the new European Common Agricultural Policy and its impact on Hungarian field crop growing, this year’s cereal market and the seed situation of autumn cereals. Finally yet importantly, the objectives of the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture, Food Economy and Rural Development were also presented, with special attention to cereal market operators.

Certain words about the theoretical issues of growing red peppers
(Dr. Elemér Posgay)
The article of a special tone discusses several aspects of red pepper growing.

Sweetcorn meeting. Report
(Zoltán Molnár)
Syngenta is the leading distributor of sweetcorn seeds in Hungary as over forty percent of the cropping area is sown with the company’s hybrids. About fifty persons from among growers, processing industry and academic people took part in the traditional meeting in the surroundings of Hajdúszoboszló on 27 August. The article reports from what was seen and heard there.

Cotton capsules open up!
We suppose that there are quite a lot even among graduated professionals that, belonging to a younger generation, possess superficial knowledge not only about the opening up of cotton capsules but even on cotton itself. If so, the knowledge is mainly related to the larvae of cotton bollworm causing significant damages also in our country. This article wishes to draw their attention, and describes the process indicated in the title.

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

LEGATO PLUS – weed control in winter cereals without compromising(x)
(Zoltán Balczár)
Makhteshim Agan Hungary Zrt. offers an ideal solution for weed control in cereals in autumn.


The new AXION 800 tractor models and many other novelties from CLAAS (2)
(Dr. György Demes)
This part of the series on CLAAS novelties gives an overview of the recent development carried out on balers.

Report about the annual meeting of MEGFOSZ (Association of Hungarian Distributors of Agricultural Devices and Machines)
(Dr. László Magó)
The Association of Hungarian Distributors of Agricultural Devices and Machines held its annual meeting in Gödöllő on 28 May 2013. The members visiting the event listened to the lecture delivered by an investigator of the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (AKI) about the review of machine sales in 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, as well as tod the reports of the president, vice-president and the board of supervision about year 2013. Participants agreed in jointly attending the Agri-Machine Show to be organised in January 2014.  

“No wonder to choose the same drill, SULKY TRAMLINE SX” again (x)
(Dr. György Demes)
Growers’ experiences are shared about Sulky SX cereal seed drill distributed by AXIÁL Kft.

Machine museums – museum-worthy collections of machines (13) István Prodán’s machine collection in Baja
(Dr. Béla Szekeres)
After visiting the collection of Csaba Brandschott in Mélykút, the author went to Baja to see the treasured machines and other pieces of István Prodán’s collection. He could also have a close view to the site of creativity, i.e. the workshop.


VIIIth International Meeting of Farmers and Harvest Festival. Report
(Dr. László Bódis)
Feast in Kecskemét. Report (Dr. István Oláh) This article reports from the tenth conference and exhibition on “Bread, grapes and wine in the Great Hungarian Plain”. For ten years, every August, two recognised breeding centres of the region come together to highlight the research, development and innovative work performed in their institutes, drawing the attention to the recent results, working conditions and problems.

Students from Transylvania visiting the motherland. Report
(Dr. László Bódis)
The Ministry of Rural Development and Szent István University (SzIE) jointly organised a study tour for young people from Transylvania in the frame of a project supported by the Ministry of Human Resources. The students were informed about the public administration in agriculture and education at the university SZIE.


Maize market outlook
(Dr. Ildikó Edit Tikász, Edina Varga)
You may have an overview of the processes taken place on the Hungarian and the global produce markets of maize, the trends in prices and crop volumes

Waiting time for trucks has reduced to the half (x)
(Zoltán Pápai)
It is a top priority for Cargill to operate its premises safely and at the same time, to provide a high-level service to partners.


“Let’s learn gene technology” (38) The strategy of developing insect resistant transgenic B.t. varieties
(Dr. László Heszky)
In the previous parts, we presented the strategies of producing transgenic plants tolerant to particular herbicides containing active substances such as glyphosate, glufosinate, imidazolinon and sulfonylurea. The author also shared the experiences of growing GM-varieties. In the subsequent articles, we deal with developing biotic resistance (to insects, viruses, bacteria and fungi) by using gene technology. Firstly, we deal with the biotechnological strategy of resistance against pests, insects in particular..


Intensive hot pepper growing outdoors
(Zoltán Tímár)
The author from Fűszerpaprika (“Hot pepper”) Nonprofit Kft.” summarises their experience, obtained in the past 4-5 years in varietal trials, about intensive hot pepper growing outdoors. It is characterised by significantly higher yields while keeping crop quality and increasing crop safety and by this, results in a more competitive and profitable production than the currently widespread growing system.


Optimum harvest dates of apple cultivars
(Dr. László Szalay)
The article presents various methods to determine the optimum harvest date of apple cultivars and gives an account of the recent results of Hungarian research on fruit maturity.


Makó Szabolcs Plant Protection Workshop. Report
(Zsuzsanna Györök)
In 2013 the meeting, named after a one-time member of the editorial board of our journal, was focusing on the causes of fertility problems of grapevine, as well as on the effect of climate change on harvesting date and wine-making technology.

Bayer meeting about grapes. Report
(Dr. György Demes)
It was already the tenth time that Bayer invited its partners to a meeting – this time on grapevines. Visitors were informed about Bayer’s pest management programme in grapes and the experiences of growing the crop in 2012. Furthermore, the company’s new fungicide Luna to be released in 2014 was also presented. Finally, the trailed and mobile combine harvesters distributed by KITE company were also on show.

A grapevine meeting to establish tradition on Kőlyuktető Nature Conservation Area. Report
(Attila Kosztolányi)
The Research Institute of Viticulture and Oenology of Károly Róbert College invited growers interested in vine growing to a plant protection meeting. The event, presenting the technical novelties of the past two years, took place on Kőlyuktető near to Eger on 29 August 2013.

Timing of applying nitrogen fertilizers
(Dr. Gábor Zanathy, Dr. György Lukácsy)
Professionals differ in their opinion about the optimum timing of applying N-fertilizers. Some swear to do it before bud burst, others between bud burst and flowering, while there are ones who consider the time after fruit-set and even after harvest as the best of all. It is no wonder the question arises: what is the appopriate time to apply N-fertilizers? The article seeks the answer to the question.


Browsing in foreign journals
(Compiled and translated by: Eszter Polgár Balogh)
Interesting articles published in foreign technical journals are reviewed below this heading.


In memoriam Dr. János Németh (1931-2013)
We have received, after the deadline, sad news and a brief letter. We remember our great friend, colleague, maize breeder Dr. János Németh with some parts of the obituary accompanying the letter.

Note for growers … about law on the land with little emotion
(Miklós Kurucz)
The Act on the Land, one of the most important pieces of legislation of the past few years, was hotly debated and not always from a professional point of view. This is the act that, after the Basic Law, has provoked perhaps the most of emotion. The present note does not want to stir up further waves, rather to present certain facts, remaining objective.

Outstanding persons of our agricultural past. Gusztáv Moesz (1873-1946)
(Miklós Kurucz)
This month readers may get acquainted with the life and work of Gusztáv Moesz in the frame of our series presenting the great persons contributing to agricultural development in Hungary

Written anno
(Dr. Péter Inczédy)