25.05

Agriculture Week with TIMAC AGRO FRANCE

In 2021, TIMAG AGRO France was an official partner of French Agriculture Week, a nationwide... View Article

In 2021, TIMAG AGRO France was an official partner of French Agriculture Week, a nationwide celebration of this vital industry from May 13-24. In addition to their partnership, TIMAC AGRO FRANCE published a series of educational videos to provide an interesting and dynamic way to share some of TIMAC AGRO’s expertise with other agricultural actors in France.

 

 

Video 1: Do plants already have all the nutrients they need in the soil?

Video 2: Do organic farms need fertilizers?

Video 3: Is any source of calcium beneficial for soils?

Video 4: Do ruminants need assistance to make the most out of their feed?

Video 5: Does France need fertilizer plants?

19.05

How to Increase Potato Tuber Size and Yield

The main challenge for farmers at the end of the tuber initiation phase is to... View Article

The main challenge for farmers at the end of the tuber initiation phase is to achieve a high number of tubers above 15 mm. Any tubers that do not reach this size shrink and disappear. The main challenge after the tuber initiation phase is to optimise the reserves and obtain a maximum of marketable tubers.

Potatoes are a demanding and lethargic crop. Their P requirements during the tuber initiation phase are high. To achieve an optimal yield, 50% of the phosphorus requirement must be absorbed between 15 and 45 days after emergence. Potatoes are also a crop with a shallow root system. Therefore, phosphorus needs to be close to the roots and also the soil’s P content needs to be high enough. Once the number of tubers is established, the quality of the filling will impact the yield. During this tuber filling phase, N and K in turn become essential.

Photosynthesis is the biochemical pathway that converts light energy into glucose molecules. This phase requires high nitrogen levels – nitrogen being a component of chlorophyll, the pigment where photosynthesis occurs. Following glucose production, the molecules bind to form starch, which is a chain of glucose. During initiation, assimilates and soluble sugars (products of photosynthesis) begin to be distributed in the young tubers through the phloem. This transfer of nutrients requires a lot of energy and potassium, which is essential for nutrient transport. At the end of the tuber initiation phase, there is no more leaf formation or growth, and the assimilates are mainly found in the tubers. At the end of the cycle (senescence), the complete transfer of assimilates and water from the leaves and stems to the tubers occurs.

To find out which TIMAC AGRO technologies are recommended to improve the tuber size and marketable yield of potatoes, contact us!

17.05

How to Help Grapevines Recover after a Difficult Frost Period

100% : this is the percentage of a vineyard that can​ be damaged by frost. Cold snaps and... View Article

100% : this is the percentage of a vineyard that canbe damaged by frost.

Cold snaps and frosts have hit many orchards and vineyards these last few weeks in France.

High yield reduction will be expected due to these cold waves, occurring after weeks of heat and crop development.

During dormancy, grapevines can support temperatures as low as -15°C. However, as soon as the vines bud, they become more vulnerable. If frost occurs, the young shoots dry and die. The final yield is thus highly reduced, but this reduction may not reach 100%. In fact, improved weather conditions, with rain and good temperatures can relaunch the budburst, but the drying of the first bursts will impact this recovery.

As the grapevines were already budding; starch and N storage have been consumed by the plant for its regrowth. Storage of starch and N are not at their maximum anymore for the second budburst. This has a direct impact on the energy of the crop and on the yield. Fertilisation and biostimulation must help the plant to sustain the coming flowering period to preserve the forming fruits.

TIMAC AGRO products can help grapevines to recover and protect the coming harvest.

EVOLUTION OF STARCH AND N CONTENT IN GRAPEVINE ROOTS, AND DRY WEIGHT AFTER  GRAPEVINE CYCLE

29.04

Vitas Portugal continues its development with FALUA

Our subsidiary Vitas Portugal continues its rapid and ambitious development in the wine industry with... View Article

Our subsidiary Vitas Portugal continues its rapid and ambitious development in the wine industry with its company Falua.

Falua has acquired the vineyard “Quinta do Hospital.” With this recent acquisition in Monção, Falua builds upon its presence in the Tejo production region, now extending its operations to the Vinho Verde region. Quinta do Hospital is an exceptional property, whose origins date back to the 12th century when the Portuguese king’s mother D. Teresa donated it to the Order of Hospitallers. Covering an area of ​​25 hectares, 10 of which are vineyards, it allows Falua to extend its reach to the Vinho Verde production region.

Falua’s latest endeavors target areas where the Alvarinho grape variety thrives: in the Minho region, and in particular in the Monção and Melgaço sub-region. This is where this grape variety reaches its full potential thanks to the unique qualities of the land. With its incomparable aromas and flavors, Alvarinho is considered one of the best white grapes from Portuguese vineyards. This wine is an exceptional product which is produced only in limited quantities.

Vitas Portugal is bolstering its wine activities, now operating vineyards with a total of 305 hectares (55 owned and 250 leased). These acquisitions illustrate TIMAC AGRO’s ambition to reinforce its presence in the Portuguese wine industry and expand its role as a producer in the Minho region.

With 25 years of expertise, Falua wines have a compelling potential for growth. The team’s efforts have been rewarded: its different wines have received numerous awards, including two grand prizes in 2021 awarded by prestigious wine magazines: “Brand of the year” awarded by the Revista dos Vinhos and “Company of the year ”awarded by Grandes Escolhas.

“Although we’re still young, Falua already has a solid foundation that will help us meet the challenges of the years to come,” says Rui Rosa, director of Vitas Portugal.

Visit the Falua website to learn more about their products: https://www.falua.pt/

09.04

TIMAC AGRO USA Technologies Selected for Phase 2 of the EEFs Agronomic Challenge

We are proud to announce that the two TIMAC AGRO USA technologies submitted to the... View Article

We are proud to announce that the two TIMAC AGRO USA technologies submitted to the Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEFs): Environmental and Agronomic Challenge were among the 16 solutions selected to move forward to Phase Two of the competition. In the next stage, Duo Maxx and Top-Phos® will go through greenhouse trials conducted by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), in Alabama. The products’ claims will be evaluated based on environmental, agronomic, and economic performance factors.

Launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the EEFs: Environmental and Agronomic Challenge is in its first edition and aims to identify existing EEFs currently on or near-market that meet or exceed certain environmental and agro-economic criteria. Along with EPA and USDA, the competition is hosted in collaboration with The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).

Learn more: us.timacagro.com

02.04

How can we increase the apple yield​ that reaches commercial yield?​

The metabolism activity of the tree from flowering till the harvest is essential to ensure... View Article

The metabolism activity of the tree from flowering till the harvest is essential to ensure the highest possible commercial yield. Metabolism linked to fruit growth has to be supported by the energy of the plant. If not, the caliber will be scarce and irregular at harvest. Supporting the energetic production and transport into the plant is thus important.

Moreover, in apple cultivation, the regular opening of the floral buttons, as well as their good development, highly decreases the risk of having gradual maturation of the fruits. It also helps to reach the apple optimum size caliber at harvest.

In order to get a regular floral button opening, it is necessary to stimulate the productions actions of all plant hormones, ideally in sustaining their natural biosynthesis and therefore maintainingthe good regulation of the hormones balance.

Finally, abiotic stresses during flower development can also compromise fruit set, by increasing fruit drop.

TIMAC AGRO products can help to sustain apple trees in this fundamental phase. 

The growth of the ovary, and thus, of the fruit, is tightly bound to the presence of vegetal hormones auxins and gibberellins.

TIMAC AGRO solutions can help to improve this hormonal balance to reach the apple optimum sizecaliber. Contact your expert!

29.03

TIMAC AGRO România celebrates its 15th anniversary

A major player in plant nutrition, TIMAC AGRO România celebrates its 15th anniversary alongside Romanian... View Article

A major player in plant nutrition, TIMAC AGRO România celebrates its 15th anniversary alongside Romanian farmers. Driven by passion, courage and ambition of all its teams, the subsidiary has been committed for 15 years to the development of sustainable agriculture.

26.03

Vitas Portugal strengthens the wine activity in the Vinho Verde region in Portugal

Vitas Portugal has acquired Quinta do Hospital, in Monção, strengthening the viticulture and wine production... View Article

Vitas Portugal has acquired Quinta do Hospital, in Monção, strengthening the viticulture and wine production operation in the Vinho Verde Region in Portugal. Vitas Portugal now owns a property with a total area of 25 hectares.

This investment follows a previous one in the same area in 2020 with the purchase of a winery in Monção.

With a 16th-century emblazoned façade, relative to the Baron’s Hospital, Quinta do Hospital is located in one of the largest and most impactful valleys of the Minho region.

The demarcated Region of Vinho Verde extends throughout the northwest of Portugal. In terms of geographical area, it is the largest Portuguese Demarcated Region, and one of the largest in Europe.

The Monção and Melgaço sub-region, known as the birthplace of the Alvarinho grape variety and associated with the production of white wines of superior quality, reflects well our Group goals in growing the wine business in Portugal with prestige.

This acquisition aims to enhance all our activities in Portugal, and in particular of our company Falua.

18.03

Wheat harvest quality: how to improve grain filling for high TKW and high protein rate?

Thousand kernel weight (TKW) is a yield component, and protein rate is a price component.... View Article

Thousand kernel weight (TKW) is a yield component, and protein rate is a price component. Both are important parameters to farmers and depend on photosynthetical activity as well as nitrogen availability. 

Up to 50% of photosynthetical activity of wheat is due to the flag leaf

At flag leaf stage (BBCH 39), 80% of nitrogen is already absorbed. However, physiological activity and enzymatic process must keep going :

  • Before this stage, photosynthesis enables growth of the crop. From BBCH 39, photosynthates production will go straight to grain for starch production and increase Thousand Kernel Weight.
  • Protein content of grains depends on :
  • Remobilisation of nitrogen from leaves to grain. Energy, and thus photosynthesis are essential to it.
  • 20% of nitrogen will be absorbed during flowering and finition.

To reach those targets, photosynthesis must keep going on as long as possible and nitrogen must be available

Contact your TIMAC AGRO expert to reach high protein rate and TKW.