Soil Health Conference 2017

Soil Health Conference is the first-of-its-kind meeting in Hungary. 18 industry professionals – farmers, consultants, researchers – are going to showcase their results and experiences regarding soil-first agriculture. Their topics will cover no-till, strip-till, cover cropping, fertilization, microbial communities and other aspects of regenerative agriculture.

Our conference is primarily aimed for Hungarian farmers, however, farmers, consultants and innovators from the surrounding countries are more than welcome. We would like to notify you that 4 presentations will be held in English, while the other 15 presentations will be given in Hungarian.

When and where

Date: 16th November 2017 (Thursday), from 8:00 to 16:15
Place: Rubin Conference and Wellness Hotel, 1118 Budapest, Dayka Gábor street 3 (view it on Google Maps)



09:30-09:45 – Opening speech (Zsombor Diriczi)
09:45-10:30 – Better farming through better soils (Gary Zimmer [USA] – English presentation)
10:30-11:00 – Realizing the potential of Hungarian land: reality or just a dream? (György Raskó)
11:00-11:45 – What I have learned from 21 years of cover cropping (Steve Groff [USA] – English presentation)
12:15-13:00 – How to succeed in a no-till system (Sarah Singla [France] – English presentation)

Section 1: Crop rotation, cover and companion crops

13:45-14:15: Why is the Hungarian crop rotation so tight and how can we fix it? (László Zsombik)
14:15-14:45: Significance of wide-spread cover crop application (Attila Kökény)
14:45-15:15: Replacing iron with roots – Cover cropping in no-till systems (Sarah Singla [France] – English presentation)
15:15-15:45: Agronomical questions regarding cover crops (Lajosné Mándi)
15:45-16:15: Maximum yields with minimal inputs (József Gazdag)

Section 2: Soil-based nutrient management and crop protection

13:45-14:15 – The role of mycorrhizae in plant nutrient uptake and stress tolerance (Tünde Takács)
14:15-14:45 – Connections between soil fertility and crop management factors (Tamás Árendás)
14:45-15:15 – Chemical-free weed control in row crops (Zoltán Áy)
15:15-15:45 – Measuring soil microbial activity – towards a new soil analysis paradigm (Borbála Biró)
15:45-16:15 – Intensification and no-till – can we have both? (György Czina)

Section 3: No-till and minimum tillage systems

13:45-14:15 – The quality of Hungarian soils from an agronomic viewpoint (Béla Pirkó)
14:15-14:45 – How different tillage systems affect soil condition (Tamás Rátonyi)
14:45-15:15 – From conventional tillage to no-till in Western Hungary (Pierre-Yves van der Ecken)
15:15-15:45 – Bio strip-till and other experiences from Hajdúság (Ferenc Kardos)
15:45-16:15 – Strip-till on the loose sandy soils of Bugac (László Gál)


Early Bird tickets are available until 10th October 2017 for the price of 19.900 HUF + VAT (if applicable). From 11th October 2017, Normal tickets cost 29.900 HUF + VAT (if applicable). Tickets can be purchased via the online registration form or via email (

More information

If you have questions or need help, please don’t hesitate to call us at 00 36 30 645 62 57 or drop us a line: – our staff is fluent in English.

We hope to meet you on 16th November 2017 at Budapest!