EIP AGRI PROJECTS

Discovery Center Kft is a major supporter of the European Commission’s EIP-AGRI activities. Our team is involved in EIP-AGRI Focus Groups, as well as advocate for local activities. The company was involved in the local, Hungarian EIP-AGRI community from the beginning. Currently, we are coordinating 15 Operational Groups around the country, and we are involved in 5 more, as consortium members or individual researchers. In numbers, this means we work with a network of more than 90 farmers, 20 researchers, 5 consultants many subcontractors across the country. Please for further information visit our dedicated websites for each project.
The project aims to develop a new soil sampling technology that enables the modeling of not only surface soil properties, but also subsurface properties and diagnostic properties which affect yield potential and might be addressed by agronomical actions. Survey sites are selected in 5 different locations of the country with varying geological, geomorphological and climatic conditions to develop a robust technology performing under diverse conditions

Updating the cultivation technology of dry beans by adapting and researching new precision ag methods to increase profitability.

The cultivation area of dry beans in Hungary have shrunk during the last decades and currently stagnating at around 700 hectares annually. One of the reasons is the highly variable yield, not modernized agrotechnology and challenging cultivation. The project aims to modernize the cultivation technology of dry beans, by adapting and testing precision ag technologies and researching new solutions to optimize seeding, nutrient management and harvesting.


Development of soil survey methodology and cultivation recommendation to combat soil
degradation

Our goal is to develop a field soil survey and survey method that will help identify water management problems, interpret soil data from aerial and space surveys and automated field surveys (RTK-based terrain model, VERIS, hyperspectral surveys, NDVI), and apply the results to crop technology.


Adaptation of crop mixes adapted to crops and soil types for use in ecological seedlings

Our target is to optimize the crops on the three largest fields in Hungary with the formed crop mix. Winter wheat, maize, and sunflower are more than half of all arable land in Hungary, so there would be a significant need for optimal crop production of these crops. After the completion of the project, the selection of seeds for ecological seeding is more purposeful and professional.


ALTERNATIVE UTILIZATION OF CORN PRODUCTION AREAS, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO SORGHUM CULTIVATION

The aim of the project is to identify crops (grain and silage sorghum) that can be introduced into the crop rotation as an alternative to maize and to renew its production technology.


Research of the efficiency of high-speed sowing against different basic cultivation methods and crop plants

In the project we will develop the high-speed sowing + basic cultivation technologies using the most important domestic arable crops (winter wheat, maize, sunflower, soybean and winter rape).


The effect of basic cultivation methods on the quantity and quality of the secondary sweetcorn

The research targets the growing of crop safe of the companies, because it investigates the adopted method for the second crop sweet-corn field, and the irrigation, also it supervises the tempo of the development of flora and also the yield which is reachable with different technologies and is realizable.


Improving physical properties and watermanagement of boundary meadow soils with the help of water management and soil improvers

The main target of the project is the creation/application of new types of rotation free tillage and cultivation systems on fixed meadow and casting soils which can be cultivated in a gentle way with precision farming. The large amount of basic data which is going to be collected in R&D will provide the opportunity to produce high-accuracy terrain models, to collect agronomic and technical data, and to develop an objective decision support system.


Improvement of physical properties of meadow bound soils by the use of organic soil improvers

The results of the successfully comlpeted research can be extended to about a quarter of the country’s thermal area which means approx. 1 million hectares. We can get a lot of practical information regarding to how to grow maize on hard soils. The integration of soil improvement into technology has a great importance. While emphasizing the importance of the topic, this R&D activity is a niche.


The effect of algae and bacterial preparations on the profitability of maize cultivation under different cultivation technologies

Nowadays, the income-producing ability of arable crop production, including corn production, is increasingly diminishing. It is important to incorporate new technological variants into cultivation technology, both in terms of agro-technology and engineering. We can develop cultivation technologies for the soil, which are more favorable in terms of environmental load and competitiveness than the technological variants based on current averaging methods.


Precision plant protection system development and efficiency testing

The target of the project is to test new precision crop protection technologies on commonly grown crops. The project compares and analyzes conventional and precision plant protection activities and procedures.


Development of a precision, resource efficient harvesting system

Technologies for harvesting arable crops will be investigated in the project (mainly maize or other cereals). The purpose of our development is to test a new harvesting process. The main goal is to reduce harvest time and costs and to harvest the best achievable quality of the crops.


Development of precision cultivation technology of silage maize using site-specific technologies

The use of tillage systems adapted to the conditions of the area has great importance for the cultivation of silage maize. In addition to the agro-ecological conditions of our country, we aim to apply moisture-saving systems, which help to reduce drought damage during the growing season.