ENGLISH » Czech chapter (inter)national meeting - 2018

Meeting of the Czech chapter took part traditionally in Hustopeče, a small town close to Brno in the South Moravian region of the Czech Republic on March 2, 2018. It was attended by about 70 participants from universities, representatives of humic-related companies or distributors, and of state authorities, as well as by guests from Slovakia, Germany, Belgium and Austria. The meeting was supported by Amagro and Humatex companies.

The meeting was opened by Miloslav Pekař, Czech national coordinator, who informed on the Czech chapter and reminded the existence of the web pages of Czech chapter (http://ihss-cz.cz/). František Muška started the first discussion block named Experience and methods”. He reported on year 2017 experience with the prognosis of plant protection and fertilizer applications. Special attention was given to the performance of his original prognosis method under the conditions of dry climate. Ladislav Menšík presented results of a study on the fractionation of humic substances collected from agricultural soils and on the related influence of mineral and organic fertilizers. Among others, he stressed negative effects of decreasing animal farming on the soil quality. Marcela Laštůvková spoke about her stay at Monash University (Australia), supported by IHSS, and results of pot tests on the effect of lignohumate and humate-hydrogels on the growth of selected plants performed during the stay. Uwe Böhm gave two lectures on long-term comparative field trials aimed at evaluation of effects of 1) leonardite, lignohumate, and compost and 2) new preparation named Tribocare Phyto/Calcite. Michal Kalina discussed problems with determination of the size of humic substances, particularly from the point of view of SEC and SEC-MALLS techniques.

Afternoon program started with the block named “Organic matter, qualitative parameters of soli humus”. It was opened by Barbora Badalíková who overviewed a 5-year field experiment with the effect of compost on maize growing. She stressed the positive effect of organic matter, among other, also on the reduction of soil loss caused by water (rains, washing off). Jiří Smilek informed about a new project supported by IHSS aimed at the study of interaction properties of humic substances using diffusion and sorption techniques. Miloslav Pekař reported on a recently started project focused on the revitalization of soils threatened by dry climate which uses, among others, also lignite as a soil conditioner.

The last block was called “The world of lignohumate and humic products” began by overview of legislative concerning registration and use of humic products, particularly within the REACH scheme, given by Ekonox company. Zora Špirakusová presented results of several field trials with lignohumates focused, e.g., on their penetration into leaves after foliar applications or on their combined use with straw. Stanislav Jánošík gave practical examples on the positive effect of lignohumates on the plant resistance against stress factors and on the methodology of lignohumate applications through the whole year. Vojtěch Enev discussed the analysis of the content of lignohumates in humatized mineral fertilizers with special attention to IR spectroscopy. J. Kowolowski and L. Varga informed on their experience with the applications of various lignohumate preparations in vineyards. Their contribution was liven up with degustation of wine samples from the treated vineyards.

Discussions and informal talks continued in the evening during the get-together meeting in wine cellar which was accompanied by traditional folk cymbalo band.

If interested the presentation, please do not hesitate to contact coordinator (pekar@fch.vut.cz).