Conventional and reduced tillage in Hungary - A review

M. Birkás, J. Antal, I. Dorogi

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Tillage systems commonly used in Hungary are in no way similar to the number of new soil-preserving shallow-tillage or direct-drilling systems now commonly used in other countries. The applicability of such new methods in Hungary is currently being tested. New methods are to be introduced where they result in lower production costs without hazarding yields. In Hungary conventional primary cultivation prevailed until the end of the 1970s. The introduction of up-to-date mechanization was necessitated by a number of causes: the aims of developing factory-like production systems; the development of the Hungarian farm-machinery industry; a government programme for wheat production. The introduction of new tillage system is also called for by the rise of energy prices and the necessity of cutting production costs, the preservation of soils and a more economical soil-moisture management. At present, no-till farming is very uncommon in Hungary. Soil-conserving cultivation focuses on the preservation of soil structure and is closely related to the sequence of plants grown. Cultivation practice does not favour the use of stubble to protect the soil. In certain habitats the peculiarities of the site make shallow discing more of a risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-252
Number of pages20
JournalSoil and Tillage Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Soil Science
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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