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Agroforum 2014 August


My dreams in August
(Dr. László Bódis)


The main trends in agri-innovation
(Tibor Zászlós)
The deputy president responsible for agriculture of the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture draws the attention to the products and crop management programmes (seed and variety use, agronomy, nutrient supply, precision crop production, irrigation) in the field of agro-innovation, the application of which could contribute to economic and social achievements in agriculture.


Seed treatment – an essential element of plant protection!
(Dr. Zsolt Varga)
The present communication is intended, in the light of the current rapid changes in plant protection, to describe the importance of seed treatment, without identifying the active substances. The author draws the attention of producers to the positive/negative effects that may result from leaving out (saving) a particular seed treatment.


The performance of the agricultural sector in a nutshell. Interview
(Dr. László Bódis)
This is an interview with minister of state György Czerván about the past four years’ performance of agriculture, the agro-economic situation, the future tasks and plans, including support for young farmers, hail-damage prevention system, limiting the extent of land-based support, etc.

The current state of the soybean sector
(Ferenc Szépe)
The Second National Soybean Forum was held on 28 May 2014, as reported in the previous number of this journal. The conference focused on the options of GM-free soybean processing and use. In the panel discussions, a high emphasis was put on the uses for fodder processing and food industry. The presentation outlined here addressed the current issues of the soybean sector.

Dominator Extra SL (x)
Dow AgroSciences offers its high-concentration, non-selective herbicide with improved adjuvant.

Let’s think over the protection of stored products!
(Péter Hertelendy)
Pests impose risks to crops not just in the fields but also after loading in the storage facilities. Therefore, we believe it is worth summing up the criteria of the most frequently occurring storage pests and the bases of their control, consisting not only of the costly crop fumigation.

Field scouting. From the land to the assurance in agriculture. Report
(Dr. László Bódis)
The article reports on the most recent meeting of the Crop Round Table (in Hungarian: TERKA) where the most important topics discussed were: the land law, nutrient management issues and certain cases occurring in connection with the well or poorly concluded agricultural insurance contracts.

We cannot influence weather conditions but financial affairs yes! (x)
The changes taken place in connection with Syngenta’ ContivoTM program are financially supported by the company’s strategic partner Budapest Bank.

A brief summary of Kleffmann research results regarding the major field crops
(Leonóra Buzogány)
The Hungarian Kleffmann Group is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. On the occasion of this jubilee, the author from the Kleffmann Group presents an analysis about the changes observed in the past few years in terms of the seed and pesticide management programme for the major field crops.

Preliminary report about the National Irrigation Day
The aim and the key point of the National Irrigation Day, held at the Tessedik Campus in Szarvas, of Gödöllő Agribusiness Centre Public Benefit Company of Szent István University (SzIE GAK) on 8 July, were to launch the education of future irrigation engineers and to announce the Hungarian irrigation programme.

Saaten Union: Winter cereals – higher yields, bigger safety also in 2014 (x)
(Zoltán Blum)
Have a look at the winter cereal varieties from Saaten Union.

How can we produce 7 tonnes of rapes?
(Miklós Légrádi)
Miklós Légrádi, as called by many “the rape king”, dazzled the participants with his characteristic way of delivering presentations in the University of Debrecen. The article reports on the meeting combined with variety and crop management demonstration held on 29 May 2014.

The advantages of growing Euralis hybrid rapes (x)
(György Tamás Csigó)
Euralis Kft. is at the disposal of rape growers with its significantly expanded range of hybrids for the season of 2014/15.

New generation hybrid rapes from Bayer Seeds! (x)
(Péter Szundy)
Bayer Seeds presents its portfolio with new rape hybrids for the sowing season of 2014.

High yields, safe income in rape and cereal growing (x)
Get to know the multi-layer advisory programme and recommendations of Fertilia Kft. for nutrient supply in rapes and cereals.

Rape sowing this year without seed treatment and with insecticides (x)
(Zoltán Blum)
The offer of RAPOOL for successful rape growing is shown here.

Coming from a good family – Sherpa (x)
RAPOOL draws the attention of rape growers to Sherpa hybrid.

Always at the leading edge – Visby (x)
RAPOOL describes the advantages of Visby hybrid for rape growers.

Thoughts in connection with the basic fertilizer application for rapes (x)
(Máté Makra)
Borealis L.A.T offers its products for basic fertilizer application to rapes in autumn.

Taking care and contributing to! (x)
(Csilla Horváth)
Practical experience in plant protection and plant growth regulation based on BASF management programme is published under this heading.

Under changing conditions – Clearfield® weed control system (x)
(Péter Hoffmann)
Information is provided about the advantages of Clearfield® weed control system having been available for winter rapes already for the fourth year.

A well proved herbicide – with innovation (x)
(Dániel Gribek)
Get to know the practical experience obtained through using the BASF herbicide Butisan Complete.

Sultan Top – It’s rather an investment, not a cost! (x)
(György Vanyúr, Károly Német)
Practical experience is outlined about the efficacy of using the herbicide Sultan Top in rapes.

How does efficient weed control in rapes look like? (x)
(Tamás Fehér)
This is Kwizda Agro’s weed control offer in rapes.

Weed growth can be stopped within a couple of hours (x)
(A. Gy.)
Experience in weed control by using DuPont” Salsa® 75 DF is written below this heading.


Seed: good sowing, successful harvesting. Report
(Dr. István Oláh)
The opening of the recent exhibition at the National Agricultural Library and Documentation Centre was scheduled to the beginning of the harvest. The declared aim was to express, by the tools of arts, the appreciation and respect for the seedlings that emerge from seeds carrying life and for the ripe wheat.

Dangerous plant diseases (II. 11) Early decline of grapevine stocks
(Dr. József Mikulás)
This part of the series presents the major diseases leading to the early decline of vines (Esca, Eutypa canker, Botriosphaeria and Phomopsis diseases and their pathogens, biology, symptoms, and the recommended options to control them based on international and domestic experience.

For the successful harvest of sunflowers … (x)
(Dr. László Kondár)
Solutions for desiccation and acceleration of ripening for sunflower growers from Sharda are under this heading.

Soil conservation, plant protection, integrated crop production: Overview (4)
(Dr. József Horváth)

The unveiling of a sculpture and a jubilee in the 90-year-old Cereal Research Institute. Report
(Dr. István Oláh)
Our country’s largest agricultural research centre, Cereal Research Institute of Szeged has reached a great jubilee anniversary this year. The institution, having undergone several changes of names and ownership, is countrywide accepted by the agricultural sector and scientific circles. Now we report on the opening ceremony of the jubilee events.

Retro R + Elastiq. In-crop desiccation: planned, quick and efficient (x)
(Attila Valovics)
Chemtura Agrosolutions recommends growers Retro R desiccant.

Plant characteristics of rare weed species
(Dr. Gyula Pinke, Dr. Gunton Richard)
The paper presents rare and endangered weed species in extinction based on studying the characteristics of weed plants occurring in the Hungarian cereal fields.

Café corner (x)
(Dr. László Bódis
AGROcafé – the café of the agricultural sector.

The generative reproductive organs of other species III-IV.
(Dr. Gabriella Kazinczi, Dr. Csaba Pintér)
The macro-images prepared by a special technique are completed with descriptions by an expert acknowledged in the field to improve our knowledge about seeds of our other weed species.

Small garden all year around. Jobs in August
(Franciska Tóthné Bogdányi)

International Farmers’ Days at Bábolna again in September (x)
This is already the 29th time that the International Farmers’ Days at Bábolna opens the doors at the regular time, between 10-13 September.


Machine museums – collections of museum value (18.) The machine collection of József Mogyorós in the town of medicinal waters, Hajdúszoboszló
(Dr. Béla Szekeres)
This part of the series presents the collection in Hajdúszoboszló of József Mogyorós, possessing 60 tractors, 50 stabile motors, various tools, hand-driven and horse-drawn implements, as well as radios, cars, motorcycles and folk household objects.

The prospects and achievements of strip till of maize and sunflowers (x)
(Dr. György Demes)
Get acquainted with StripTill worked out by KITE.

Accurate connection of implements can result in an increase of about 10 % in performance and a seed sparing of 5-7 %” (x)
(Dr. György Demes)
Practical experience is shared about operating the Complete Precision Ag Control system, TOPCON System 350 included in the portfolio of AXIÁL


Beekeepers from Vojvodina in a study-tour in Hungary


Inputs and income in Hungarian rape growing
(Dr. Ildikó Edit Tikász)
The present article gives an overview of the profitability of domestic rape production based on the pilot farm data of the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (AKI). The cost analysis for the particular yield groups gives an excellent presentation of the relation of input costs (seed, fertilizer, pesticides), and the average yields.

Rape growing practice from the point of view of an economist. Report
(Attila Kosztolányi)
We talked about the crop production practice, mainly regarding rapes, with the general director Ádám Nagy and crop production manager Szabolcs Ködmön of Gödöllő Experimental Farm Zrt. with an economic approach, taking into account the cost and income conditions.

Cereals – market outlook
(Dr. Zsuzsa Molnár, Dr. Ildikó Edit Tikász)
The experts of the International Grains Council (IGC) have calculated a barley consumption exceeding the global output by 4 million tons for the marketing year of 2014/2015. The downward trend in prices is not expected to turn for the time being, as substantial reserves have built up since the abundant yields produced in the season 2013/2014, increasing the significant commodity stock of the marketing year of 2014/2015. At the end of the new season, the global reserves of barley (23 million tons) could be by 4 million tonnes less.


Dr. Thomas Popp took leave from Hungarian colleagues …
(Dr. István Terbe)
On 25 June, the colleagues gave a friendly farewell party at Budapest Corvinus University to Dr. Thomas Popp who, after more than fifteen years spent in Hungary, would retire in September. Dr. Thomas Popp used to be the Hungarian representative of the international institution engaged in nutrient research, the International Potash Institute (Switzerland), and of the company leading in potassium fertilizer manufacturing and distributing, K + S KALI GmbH (Germany, Kassel).

Susceptibility of vegetables to chlorosis
(Máté Mihály, Dr. Katalin Slezák)
Several articles have been published in Agroforum in the past few years about the chlorine sensitivity of horticultural crops in relation to potassium fertilization. In this paper, we wish to share the related research results and experiences with our readers.


UFO and others like that – flat peaches
(Dr. László Szalay, Imre Gergő Gyökös, Dr. Béla Timon)
The article presents special, flat peach varieties and the results achieved in breeding in Hungary and abroad.

Apricot meeting and demonstration. Report
The Fruit Research Station, Cegléd of the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre (NAIK) has organised, year by year, the apricot meeting and demonstration becoming more and more successful. This article reports on the event held this season on 9 July.

Autumn is in range again (x)
(András Kovács)
Yara Hungária recommends its partners YaraMilaTM Cropcare products for nutrient supply in autumn 2014 and spring 2015 to various crops.


What does controlled deficit irrigation mean?
(Dr. Gábor Zanathy)
The idea of controlled deficit irrigation was born in the spirit of the effective use of scarce water resources. This water-saving irrigation strategy has become a practice mainly in the wine-growing regions where the drying of the soils is characteristic in summer and autumn. You may get to know the background, elements, conditions of the procedure, as well as the factors influencing its application.


Browsing in foreign journals
(Compiled and translated by: Eszter Polgár Balogh)


Note for growers. About family farms (3)
(Miklós Kurucz)
Having read the previous two Notes, our readers may think that we wish to present some Hungarian specialty through goggles. There is not the case. Family farming was prevalent throughout Europe and in the recent decades, it has remained dominant in the western part of the continent – as we learn from the current note.

Outstanding persons of our agricultural past. József Schmidt (1874-1934)
(Miklós Kurucz)
This month readers may get acquainted with the life and work of József Schmidt the frame of our series presenting the great persons contributing to agricultural development in Hungary.

Written anno …
(Dr. Péter Inczédy)