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Agroforum 2014 September


Building a cathedral (Dr. László Bódis) 1



Report from the National Irrigation Day (Dr. László Bódis) 7

The National Irrigation Day was held at Szent Istvan University, Faculty of Economics, Agriculture and Health Studies, Tessedik Campus, Szarvas on 8 July. The event also dealt with the issues of water management, in connection with the necessity of mitigating damages caused by the temporary floods and/or standing waters.



Agronomic factors of intensive wheat growing (Dr. Péter Pepó) 12

The author, in connection with the topic indicated in the title, based on the results of the long-term trials carried out by Debrecen University, takes into account the factors influencing the effect of yield potentials genetically involved in varieties in intensive wheat growing, and highlights the advantages of variety-specific agronomy.


Dilemmas of selecting varieties. Quality or quantity? 20

The exceptionally mild and rainy weather conditions prevailing this year have driven the attention to the increasing importance of selecting varieties to grow winter cereals. How does this season influence choosing varieties in 2014, can any change be expected towards high quality varieties? These were the questions put to Zoltán Bene, manager of Karintia Kft. with headquarters in Vasvár.


Situation of winter cereal seeds (Zoltán Benke) 22

The author from the National Food Chain Safety Office, Directorate of Plant Production and Horticulture publishes the data for cereal seed producing areas in 2014 and the foreseen volumes of certified cereal seeds in the light of the preliminary data.


Experience with the symptoms of stripe rust epidemics in 2014 (Dr. Lászlóné Csősz) 28

The investigator of the Cereal Research Non-profit Company (Gabonakutató Nonprofit Kft.) describes the symptoms of stripe rust, observed in winter wheat in 2014, and the conclusions drawn from them in the article illustrated with several photos.


Wheat varieties and in-crop protection in the year of stripe rust (Dr. István Mihály Petróczi, Dr. Lászlóné Csősz) 32

The authors from the Cereal Research Non-profit Company present four control options of their trials focused on the disease in connection with the country-wide stripe rust epidemics affecting wheat this wheat season more than ever. They discuss the main trends in wheat bread production without striving for completeness.


Wheat also needs a helping hand … (x) (Dr. Béla Beke) 35

The author from the Cereal Research Non-profit Company (Gabonakutató Nonprofit Kft.) summarises this season’s performance of wheat varieties bred in Szeged, based on records of experiments and production, and by that, giving a recommendation to select varieties to grow.


Basic fertilizer application for wheat using L.A.T programme (x) (Máté Makra) 38

Borealis L.A.T Hungary Kft outlines its recommendation for the application of basic fertilizers for winter wheat.


Stripe rust – from the point of view of growers (József Pájtli, Péter Páltli) 40

It has been a tradition for Agrofórum to share the experience of professional growers with readers that not all are producers. This is especially true for exceptional situations in plant protection such as stripe rust epidemics this year. We invited a grower recognized all over the country and his son to express their opinion about the issue.


Seed treatment: targeted protection at the early growth stages of plants (x) (Attila Valovics) 42

This seed treatment management programme is recommended by Chemtura AgroSolutions .


Susceptibility to stripe rust of winter wheat varieties included in the nation list … (Bernát Poós, Blanka Kovács) 44

As the authors already gave an account it in an earlier number of Agrofórum (May 2014, volume 25, No. 5) weather conditions in 2013-14 were highly favourable for the overwintering of stripe rust, the increase of disease incidence and spreading. The current article provides information on the epidemics having taken place in the light of the recorded data on susceptibility and the varieties involved in the post registration variety trials.


Intensive or extensive, milling or fodder? Focusing on winter wheat! (x) (Kálmán Gyuris) 48

This is what Yara Hungary Kft. recommends to winter wheat growers in nutrient supply.


Crown rust of oats (Dr. Pál Békési) 50

Oats do not belong to our field crops grown in larger areas; however, the economic importance of the crop is still significant. This is not only because of the particular role of oats in feeding horses, and generally male animals, but that the use in human consumption is increasing. This is why we believe it is worth drawing the attention of growers to one of the frequent rust diseases of oats, i.e. crown rust, by presenting the biology of the pathogen and the options for its control.


How to trade successfully in agriculture? (x) 52 online agricultural market place offers stop-gap and up-to-date knowledge for those acting in the agricultural sector and wishing to have an insight into successful trade and marketing. The full-day event takes place at 4 sites in early September. In addition, several useful topics are outlined from preparing project proposals through price discussions up to the prospects of refurbishing agricultural buildings.


High-yielding euro wheat from Isterra! (x) (Rudolf Sklánicz) 53

This is the winter wheat offer of Isterra Kft.




Portrait. “Be demanding to your work!” Talk with Dr. András Péter Takács (Dr. László Bódis) 54

We talked with Dr. András Péter Takács, head of Pannon University, Georgikon Faculty, Plant Protection Institute.


Soil conservation, plant protection, integrated plant production: Overview (5) (Dr. József Horváth) 58


Toprex® – Safe product to ensure yields! (x) (János Tóth, Beáta Vajda) 65

Syngenta Kft. recommends Toprex to rape growers for treatment in autumn.


The role of soybean in feeding farm animals (Dr. János Schmidt, Dr. Eszter Zsédely, Dr. Hedvig Fébel) 66

The Second National Soybean Forum was held on May 28, 2014, similarly to the first one, in the Darányi Ignác Hall of the ministry, as we reported about it in the journal in July. The conference dealt with processing GM-free soybeans and utilization options. The discussions focused on fodder processing and trends in uses for food industry. The lecture presented here addressed the first topic.


Field scouting. Evaluation after harvest. Report (bl) 70

As our readers already could be informed from our previous reports, the key topic of Produce Round Table (“TERKA”) is generally a current agricultural and / or policy issue. During the “virtual field scouting” participants speak about their experience in production and discuss the current growth stage and yield prospects of the particular crops. The recent TERKA focused on the crop yields and prices.


Contivo road show throughout the country – in rain. Report (Attila Kosztolányi, Dániel Gribek) 72

At the end of July and beginning of August, Syngenta Kft. organised a country-wide tour on Contivo ™ to farmers with events at five locations. Various partner companies of the initiation, such as, Vaderstad Kft., Yara Hungary Kft., and Austro Diesel as a distributor of Massey Fergusson machines, were present in Perkáta, Dióskáli, Döbrököz, Szerencs and Karcag. Contivo™ road show outlined and demonstrated the methods of competitive and at the same time soil conservation production to the farmers.


Contivo™ road show throughout the country. Syngenta’s new programme introduced in practice 75

Get to know the new technical programme of a Syngenta.


Sunflower Day in Kiskunfélegyháza. Report (Dezső Kőhalmi) 76

Food producing and trading company ‘NT Élelmiszertermelő és Kereskedelmi Kft.’ together with organising companies invited trading partners to the traditional Sunflower Day on 23 July. The article lets readers have an insight into the most important moments of the event.


Small garden all year around. Jobs in September (Franciska Tóthné Bogdányi) 78


A special agricultural programme assisted by Generali Insurance Company (x) 80

Get to know the role of Generali Insurance company in ContivoTM programme.


Plant conditioning at an advanced level (x) (István Pais) 82

KONDISOL PACK is a promotion for rape growers from Huminisz Kft. in autumn.


Runway – The proper effect in the soil and on the leaves (x) 84

This is what Dow AgroSciences for the weed control in rapes.


Winter peas. The alternative protein fodder (x) (Varga Gábor) 86

SAATEN-UNION Hungary Kft. draws the attention of livestock keepers to JAMES winter peas.


Yield-ensuring solutions with fertilizers with added organic matter from Fertilia (x). 88

Recommendations for nutrient supply from Fertilia Kft. are below this heading



Changing the approach in the practice of machine-distribution and tillage. Talk with Tibor Kalmár (Dr. György Demes) 89

We talked with the manager of Vaderstad Kft. about their participation in Contivo™ programme launched by Syngenta and pulling out of the Big Tillage Show, as well as the recently delivered Väderstad-MF road show. We also dealt with the fundamental change in soil cultivation having a massive impact in the practice, became known as ‘accommodating’ and ‘mitigating climate damage’.


Altogether ten Fendt Vario tractors in four power categories … (Dr. György Demes) 93

AGCO/FENDT tractor manufacturer presented the novelties of 2014, in particular Fendt 1000 Vario high-capacity tractor and the renewed models of Fendt Vario 700 and Vario 300 in an international press conference. The article gives an account of what was seen and heard at the event.


Tiger MT – forces its way through (x) 97

Axiál Kft. recommends field crop growers a heavy-duty cultivator, Tiger, of four beams equipped with disks and tines.


TerraVant combined till+seed machine introduced (Dr. György Demes) 98

TerraVant combined till+seed machine is the most recent implement of Vogel&Noot, introduced for the first time in Somogyapáti on 5 August. The representatives of the press and the trading partners of the company were invited to the event. The new machine has been and will be shown for a wider range of participants in field demonstrations organised by V&N.


Promotion of Vogel-Noot implements, now with 20-30 % discount! (x) 100

Factory of agricultural machines VOGEL-NOOT Mezőgépgyár Kft. continues its successful VNLine promotion.



Maize market outlook (Dr. Ildikó Edit Tikász, Dr. Zsuzsa Molnár) 102

This time the authors from the Agricultural Economics Research Institute provide information on production data of maize among the major field crops, forecasted for the next season by USDA.



Let’s learn gene technology (44) Transgenic male sterility and producing hybrids (Dr. László Heszky) 104

The previous chapter VI titled Transgenic Plant Protection was finished with the description of terms. The next chapter VII deals with genetic engineering in connection with plant growth and development. Among the various strategies, we discuss only the ones that resulted in producing GM varieties and were or are on the market for a longer or shorter period of time.



Prospects of growing early potatoes (Dr. József Kruppa, József Kruppa Jr.) 110

The authors present the potentials of early potato growing through two important factors (ecological and biological) affecting the success of potato production. They draw the attention to the ecological conditions and biological bases (variety, seed potatoes) allowing this, as well as to the opportunities offered by them, which further improve competitiveness and income.



Choice of plum varieties (Dr. Szilvia Kovács, Ágnes Molnár) 114

Varieties are selected for growing according to market requirements, ecological conditions and crop management characteristics in case of plums, too. This article wishes to assist plum growers by presenting the varieties according to the maturity groups and the key characteristics.



Black rot of grapevine and plant’s response … (Nikolett Kellner et al.) 120

Although grape black rot has been known in our country for a long time, in the last 100-200 years it did not cause significant economic damage. Year 2010, however, brought a serious alarm in grapes. Due to the lack of experience with the disease, the control and prevention options are limited and surprisingly little information is available about the resistance aspects. Therefore, special attention has been given in the past few years to the research of the genetic background of resistance to black rot of grape. This article informs on this topic, describing the results having been obtained so far in Hungary.


Fighting grapevine pests. Report (Zoltán Molnár) 125

The meeting, organised by the Government Office Pest County, Directorate of Plant Protection and Soil Conservation (NTI), the county branch of the Hungarian Plant Protection Professionals and Plant Doctors, the vine-growing community of Mogyoród and nearly a dozen of pesticide and fertilizer manufacturers and distributors, focused on two highly topical issues of plant protection. The first presentation dealt with phytoplasmas and their vectors in grapes, while the other key topic was grapevine powdery mildew.


Remembering Szabolcs Makó. Report (Dr. István Oláh) 128

The National symposium of vine-growing and winemaking took place as a part of the 22nd Wine Week at Lelle in August 2014. The event was dedicated to the memory of Szabolcs Makó, a remarkable plant protection professional at Boglár and a key member of the editorial board of Agrofórum, died five years ago. The article provides an insight into what was heard at the meeting.


Grapevine protection without pesticide residues. Report (Zsuzsanna Györök) 130

An account is given on the technical meeting and regional demonstration of Biocont Hungary Kft. held in Villány.




Browsing in foreign journals (Compiled and translated by: Eszter Polgár Balogh) 18, 47, 79

Interesting articles published in foreign technical journals are reviewed below this heading.



Outstanding persons of our agricultural past. Elek’Sigmond (1873-1939) (Miklós Kurucz ) 132

This month readers may get acquainted with the life and work of Elek ’Sigmond the frame of our series presenting the great persons contributing to agricultural development in Hungary.


Note for growers. Kulak fate (Miklós Kurucz) 133

Kulak fate is a disgrace in our agricultural history, but this five-year period should not be forgotten and it is good that now we can officially remember it. The present Note is to close the series about household gardens and family farms.


Written anno … (Dr. Péter Inczédy) 136