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Agroforum Extra 29.

Rapes
(Dr. László Bódis)

VARIETIES AND HYBRIDS

Results of trials with registered winter rape varieties
(Gábor Szekrényes)
The article is about the results of winter rape variety trials in the light of figures and their background.

Winter rape varieties and hybrids recently included in the national list
(Gábor Szekrényes)
The author from the Central Agricultural Office gives a tabulated summary of winter rape hybrids and varieties recently put on the national list, comparing their performance to the standard ones.

CROP MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME

How much is rape worth if supplied with fertilizers?
(Dr. István Mihály Petróczi)
The article presents a basis of fertilizer application for rape growers, showing how to reach yields of 3-4 t/ha even with increasing fertilizer prices, with reasonable cost-saving.

A new nutrient supply model for optimizing winter rape yields and incomes (x)
(Zoltán Blum)
Saaten-Union Hungary Ltd. recommends rape growers its N-calculator.

Growing winter rapes in Szerencs Agricultural Co.
(István Kecskés)
Winter rape as it is grown in Szerencs Agricultural Co.

Applying Korn-Kali® in spring (x)
(Dr. Eszter Zsom)
K+S Kali GmbH offers Korn-Kali fertilizers for spring application in rapes.

Winter rape management programme in Mezőhegyes
(László Páll)
The experience with the crop management programme of winter rapes is outlined for successful growing.

“I trust in rapes”– says Miklós Légrádi, a private grower
(Dr. László Bódis)
This is a talk with Miklós Légrádi about the tricks of rape growing and the crop management programme he applies.

PLANT PROTECTION

Cropping structure and our rape growing
(Dr. Pál Békési)
Cropping structure should be tailored to biological characteristics of field crops. However, in these days it is driven by market expectations and to an adverse direction. Sunflowers and rapes, ideally, should not follow only themselves but each other either for 4-5 years, because these two plants have various common pathogens presenting higher epidemiological risks. As it turns out from statistical data, this requirement cannot be satisfied as the area covered by these two crops has almost doubled in the past 8 years. On the short and medium run, only the development of pest management programmes can help decreasing the risk of diseases. However, on the longer run it is worthy to modify cropping structure with marketable products to a direction better suited to biological requirements.

Last years’ experience of weed control in rapes
(Péter Ughy)
By now winter rape has become one of the field crops most demanding for intensive plant protection from which weed control cannot be omitted either. This article summarises the particular weed management methods and the key criteria to select the most suitable ones.

Up-to-date plant protection forecasting (2) Forecasting risks of pest damage in winter rapes
(Dr. Lajos Hertelendy)
The author gives a detailed discussion of the regularly occurring pests causing significant economic damages in order to decide if treatments are necessary and if so, when to carry them out. He deals with these pests in relation to crop growth stage susceptible to infestation, risks related to production site and weather conditions.

Mospilan 20 SP also in rapes (x)
(Dr. Tibor Fenyves)
The article outlines last year’s experience of growers with rapes distributed by Summit-Agro.

Pests affecting rape stems in early spring – how to proceed?
(István Farkas)
It is worthy summing up the differences between the two major rape stem pests in their morphology, biology and damage in order to appropriate timing of their control.

Mospilan 20 SP also in rapes (x)
(Dr. Tibor Fenyves)
The scope of registration of the insecticide Mospilan 20 SP (acetamiprid) has been extended, therefore it can be applied also to control rape pests from spring 2009.

Rape pest management at Bóly Ltd.
(Zoltán Varga)
The key points of pest management in winter rapes are addressed by Bóly Co.

MAVRIK® 24 EW – Unique among insecticides (x)
(Dr. Domonkos Lukács)
MAVRIK® 24 EW (tau-fluvalinate), an up-to-date insecticide is offered by Makhteshim Agan Hungary.

Yield increasing effects also in years with low risks by diseases (x)
(György Kurtz)
Syngenta Ltd. recommends the fungicide Amistar Xtra (azoxystrobin + cyproconazole) to rape growers for the control of diseases in spring.

Syngenta’s position taken up in the new pesticide regulation of the EU. Press release
(Rozália Pecze)
On 14 January 2009 the European Parliament voted on the sustainable use of pesticides and the rules of their placing on the market. Syngenta welcomed the new scheme marking a significant step forward to the safe use of pesticides.

Let’s think over foliage protection of rapes in spring! (x)
(Szabolcs Hőgye)
This is what DuPont Hungary Ltd. recommends for protecting rape canopy in spring.

LOOKOUT

Rape situation in France
(Dr. Norbert Somogyi)
The author gives an overview to French rape growing in the past and current years in terms of prices, yields, plant protection, nutrient supply and varieties.

MECHANISATION, MACHINES

One step ahead nature … (x)
(Jenő Huszár, Miklós Pánczél)
Farmcenter Ltd. offers its product range for the spare parts, instruments, individual and special supplements of field sprayers.

Forstrade Ltd.: distributors of Perkins engines and spare parts (x)
(Zsolt Kassai)
Forstrade Ltd. as the exclusive agent of Perkins diesel and gas-engines, as well as of FG Wilson generators in Hungary, undertakes providing their spare parts, maintenance, servicing and renewal.

Introducing VOGEL-NOOT sprayer in Hungary (x))
After taking over the German Holder company, VOGEL-NOOT presented its recent implement, MasterSpray sprayer to the Hungarian public on this year’s AGRO-MASHEXPO.

OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

The new chief executive of Hungarian Kwizda introduced
(Dr. György Demes)
István Zajácz became the new head of Hungarian Kwizda Ltd. on 5 January 2009. The resignation of the former chief, László Vecsei and the introduction of the new one took place at a commercial reception held in Hotel Danubius Health Spa Resort on the Margaret Island, Budapest on 19 January 2009.

Written anno…
(Dr. Péter Inczédy