Dr Istvan Borsiczky developer of IntelliNozzle that allows targeted leaf spraying of crops. He is hoping to take his invention from Hungary to the world.
Kertcenter is a distributor of machines and fertilisers in Turkey, Hungary and Poland. The machines are imported from Italy and the fertilisers from Portugal and Belgium. Adam Hodasz, Tamas Toth and Jonna Wagner were on hand to assist people at their stand.
Vivien Horvath from the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture represented a Hungarian co-operative that makes bread, called Magyarok Kenyere.
Dynetell Agro helps hundreds of partners including producers to manage the data on their farms and plants for smarter decision making. Peter Salga, with the VR glasses, demonstrated the connection they are making between data and the real world. Peter Tar explained they are expanding beyond the region hoping to reach the rest of Europe.
Csaba Mesterhazy, from Ledium, is busy developing an LED light controller for current research and eventual commercial purposes. He says by altering the light it will assist growers to change the taste of tomatoes to be sweeter while peppers can be made spicier.
Vilmos Kovacs says his company Simplexion develops weather stations for farms in Hungary. They hope to expand to Poland, Slovenia and further afield.
The insurance company Greco has seen some claims from frost damage in orchards in Hungary during early spring. Hajnalka Huber was on hand to answer visitor questions.
Kite, one of the main sponsors of the PREGA conference, develop weather stations installed on apple farms in Hungary. Adam Kis-Ven and Lajos Szonyi were on hand to showcase how their system measures the soil, air temperature as well as wind and a host of other relevant measures.
Robotti, the company from Denmark, has autonomous robots with diesel engines to operate in different orchards for planting and harvesting including strawberries. Anna Sprinzl, based in Germany, was on hand to provide information.
The diesel powered autonomous robots from Hari Tech does several tasks on farms such as drilling holes to plant trees, spraying etc. In Hungary their robots are used on elderberry farms too says Gyula Kovacs and Zsolt Hari. They are looking to expand the business to the West and South of Europe.
Many drones were ‘flying around’ at the PREGA conference. HRP Europe are the main distributors of DJI drones from China. These drones are used in multiple applications and settings such as spraying of orchards above or in-between rows. Different sized drones can do surveying, monitoring etc. explained Zsolt Eigner.
Okosfarm focuses on smart farm monitoring on fruit farms including cold room monitoring. The team of Zsolt Papp, Jozsef Kovesdi, managing director and Peter Druja.
Plantadrone uses drones on apple and peach farms in Hungary to perform functions such as spraying and detecting anomaly's in growing of orchards said Elemer Szalma. Here he shows a 3D flight path of a spraying drone that follows the terrain of the orchards.
Dr Mihaly Zalai, founder of ISM Tech and lecturer at the Hungarian Agricultural University, his company uses drones for spraying and monitoring. This is used together with fertiliser for foliar and soil treatments applied via drones and the tractors. He says it increases the sugar (brix) of grapes while it increases the storage life of pears.
Presenting a 'low tech' but crucial solution to save water and build dams more cheaply, is Gergely Toro, CEO of Creatiger. This company manufactures linings for dams and covers for seeds and crops like hay. The BTL liner he manufactures has a liner base that is imported from the USA. They make the liner material that can easily be applied in half the time to line a new dam.
Drone One applies drones with different payloads on table grapes and apple farms in Hungary. Mark Fabian-Seremetyev says the use of drones improves outcomes on the farms.
The plant protection specialists FMC says with climate change they see the pest pressure on European farms increasing year by year. Adam Farkas and Karoly Fezekas are based in Hungary.
T-Markt, have weather stations with clients on farms in Hungary, Slovakia and Serbia. Miklos Dobovics says the key information from the system is it shows producers when irrigation is needed.
Iconic Drone assists Hungarian apples growers with the spraying and monitoring of trees. Andra Tamas and Gabor Gyimes represented the company.
PlantCT has weather stations on grapes, apples, apricots and walnuts farms across Hungary says Tamas Milleschich.
Vulcanagro manufactures and sells liquid fertilisers for foliar applications as well as granular and complex fertiliser for soil. They sell the products across Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. Emese Balog is a researcher at the company.
Dr Andrea Ambrus and Dr Gabor Millics lead the Digital Agriculture Academy of Hungary. Their aim is provide free training to producers to introduce them to the digital revolution in agriculture. It is part of the Hungarian government’s digital agri strategy.
Representing the University of Debreceni’s Land use and Precision Technical Institute headed by Dr Adrienn Szeles, Eva Horvath a PhD student and Dalma Racz. The institute is preparing to offer a drone training discipline.
The vineyard of grape farms an dorchard of apples farms in Hungary are sprayed and monitored by drones from ABZ Drone represented by Zoltan Gombas.
WonderDrone uses drones for spraying applications on strawberries, apples and peach farms in Hungary says Beatrix Dancs.
The PREGA conference in Budapest was bustling with participants eager to see the technology solutions on display.
Jozsef Kranitz from Detectology uses this hyperspectral camera to test ripeness on apples and horanges. Currently used for research only, He says the amount of data generated is huge. He is busy buying a smaller camera with less data points to eventually make it more usable for producers.
Organisers of the 2022 PREGA Conference and Exhibition in Budapest, Agroinform.hu Bence Bolyki, CEO, and Anna Dvorszky were happy with the amount of visitors and all the engagements.