29.03

Technical day on potatoes with McCain

On Thursday 20 December, a technical day on potatoes was organised by the Nord-Pas de... View Article

On Thursday 20 December, a technical day on potatoes was organised by the Nord-Pas de Calais agricultural council. 300 people took part in the event, including technicians, regional distributors and about 250 potato producers.

The Centre Mondial de l’Innovation Roullier (CMI) was invited to attend this technical meeting to share its expertise in plant nutrition and, in particular, on issues regarding phosphorus nutrition in potatoes.

The day began with Loic Piat, the agricultural manager for McCain France and Belgium, presenting the good results obtained using Top Phos on potatoes. Then, two CMI Development Managers, Nicolas Juignet and Pierre-Grégoire Vimon, informed the audience about the issues related to phosphate fertilisation and then more specifically about its impact on tuberisation and potato production.

Our collaboration with this agribusiness company on the issue of phosphorus began in 2011 and has made it possible to conduct field experiments over the course of the last six years on the Innovator potato variety in northern France. The significant involvement of local TIMAC AGRO teams throughout this time and in preparation for this event has been a contributing factor to its success (Regional directors: Thomas Château, Pierre Démolin, Ana Claudia Tamba).

This was a very fruitful event and has increased potato producers’ confidence in our field experts, our TSAs and TIMAC AGRO solutions. Furthermore, it also helps to highlight the CMI’s expertise in Plant Nutrition.

 

McCain Foods Limited, founded in 1957, is a Canadian business specialising in processing and distributing food products. It is known primarily as a producer of frozen chips. The company McCain Foods, whose head office is located in Toronto in Canada, employs about 20,000 people in 55 factories worldwide. It processes, on average, 12 million tonnes of potatoes per day for different markets. With regard to chips, the company represents a third of all production worldwide. 

Founded in 1957 by two brothers, Harrison and Wallace McCain, who invented the process for freezing fried potatoes. The company is not listed on the stock exchange; all shares belong to the founding family.

 

 

18.03

CMI partners with “3rd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference” in Hungary

From March 24 to 26, the 3rd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference will take place... View Article

From March 24 to 26, the 3rd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference will take place in Budapest, Hungary. International researchers will present their works focusing on the impact of climate change on crop production and propose solutions to maintain and increase crop productivity in this new context.

Various topics will be discussed, like effects of CO2 on plant growth, abiotic stress, plant-microbe interactions and climate change, the new crops developed for a new climate… and many other subjects in order to prepare crop production of tomorrow.

Our project managers Mustapha Arkoun, Nitrogen Expert, and Seyed Abdullah Hosseini, Potassium Expert, will present their scientific results on the effects of abiotic stresses on plant nutrition.

14.03

TIMAC AGRO Italia closer to the farmer with augmented reality

New technologies, like augmented reality, will allow us to be closer to farmers tomorrow. Communicating... View Article

New technologies, like augmented reality, will allow us to be closer to farmers tomorrow. Communicating immediately, friendly and fun are the needs they express today, and these new processes will meet them. At the “Interpoma” trade fair in Bolzano, the stand of TIMAC AGRO Italia was futuristic and caught the attention of visitors to give them the opportunity to try a virtual reality helmet named “HoloLens“.

It is with Fifthingenium, a development company based in Milan, that TIMAC AGRO Italia has submitted a request focused on these needs. “For us – said Moreno Basilico, Director of Agro-Supply North Business Unit of TIMAC AGRO Italia – innovation and research have always been at the center of our development strategy and it brings great added value to the farm. We also want to innovate in the way we communicate with farmers so that the results of our research can reach them in a usable way. ”

In addition to augmented reality, the company has also commissioned the development of another tablet app. The content proposed at the fair Interpoma will be available for 180 agronomists and consultants. From the north to the south of Italy, they visit farms and farmers every day and support them when making decisions on the subject of nutrition. The products presented in the application are taken from the research of the Centre Mondial de l’Innovation Roullier.

21.02

First graduating class of the International Business Leadership (IBL) Program

The first graduating class of the International Business Leadership Program took place on February 8,... View Article

The first graduating class of the International Business Leadership Program took place on February 8, 2019 in Saint-Malo. This event brought together all the people involved in the program since its beginning such as coaches and internal experts.

It was an opportunity to Ana Claudia, Natalia, Aurélien and Osvaldo to receive their diploma and share with the new group of 13 IBL members their experience on the program.

 

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07.02

The CMI and TAI in partnership with the French Atlas of Soil Bacteria

Soil represents a vital area of research for the agriculture of tomorrow. The billions of... View Article

Soil represents a vital area of research for the agriculture of tomorrow. The billions of bacteria that can be found in one single gram of soil are an important source of growth for plants. The CMI has a specific R&D department devoted to this issue, where we have taken in two postdoctoral researchers from Research Director Lionel Ranjard’s team from INRA’s Agroecology Mixed Research Unit.

Specialist researchers in microbial ecology from this mixed research unit, which is associated with the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté INRA, have drawn up an inventory of the bacterial communities found in France’s soils. Using the most advanced DNA sequencing techniques, the work led to the creation of this atlas, which gives us a panoramic overview of these bacterial communities while raising awareness of their importance with regard to the quality of soil fertility.

This book is intended for researchers, students, land users, farmers, politicians, etc. — anyone who wishes to know about the latest advances in research on the microbiological culture of French soils. It is a world first in cartographical precision (16km2 grid squares, 2,200 soils) and the result of 10 years of work carried out by the BioCom research team from the Agroecology Mixed Research Unit in Dijon.

It was essential for CMI Roullier and TIMAC AGRO to be associated with the creation of the first French atlas of soil bacteria. This one of a kind book has been covered by numerous media outlets and was featured on France Inter’s La Tête au carré programme at the beginning of the year.

 

17.01

The Sugar Beet Sector

80% of the sugar we consume comes from sugar cane. Sugar beet generates the remaining... View Article

80% of the sugar we consume comes from sugar cane. Sugar beet generates the remaining 20%. This plant is used for another dynamic market: the bioethanol market (9% of Sugar Beet production in 2017).

Main global sugar beet producers in 2014 (Thousands of tonnes)

France, with 37 845 tonnes;

Russia, with 33 513 tonnes;

Germany, with 29 748 tonnes.

The Italian market: in full transformation

In  2016/2017,  European  sugar  beet  growers  produced  16,8 million tonnes of sugar. In Italy, the cooperative COPROB, the last major producer of sugar  beet  in  the  country,  produces  284,000  tonnes  a  year in its plants in Minerbio and Pontelongo. It is undergoing a  process  of  diversification  with  cane  sugar  refining,  the conversion of former refineries for use with bioplastics and the construction of a biomass thermoelectric plant.

COPROB italian sugar sector leader

• 56% of the national quota;
• 7,000 associates;
• 202 million euros of revenue in 2016;
• 33,000 ha of Sugar Beets, 5% of the total area managed by the cooperative;
• 1 million ha of crops.

TIMAC AGRO wins over Italy

With our solutions, our Italian teams have persuaded farmers from the COPROB cooperative. Better quality sugar beet, superior sugar content, increased yields and benefits: the combination hits the bullseye! Our product sales increased, our success attracted the interest of local fertiliser retailers and… a 3 years partnership was signed at the end of 2017 between TIMAC AGRO Italia and COPROB.
The COPROB leaders invited to the Centre Mondial de l’Innovation Roullier bolstered our scientific mission with the Italian sugar sector. We particularly studied two major issues in: preserving, to diminish the loss of sugar between the first and the last harvest (September to November) and improving sugar yields per hectare.
14.01

3 scientific studies presented at the Rencontres Recherches Ruminants – 3R event (Ruminant Research Meetings)

On the 5th and 6th of December last year, the Animal Nutrition R&D teams from... View Article

On the 5th and 6th of December last year, the Animal Nutrition R&D teams from the CMI presented three scientific studies at the 3R event, an international francophone conference on research in ruminant species. Whether in the fields of nutrition, animal wellbeing, genetics, farming or animal health, all the latest scientific advances are on display at the event.

Among these were the presentations by the CMI, with an oral presentation by Pierre Gaignon, a young doctoral researcher at the INRA in St-Gilles.  His work on the effect of restrictions of calcium input during the beginning of lactation aimed to understand the role this mineral plays in milk production, and on bone metabolism in dairy cows.

 Two other scientific studies were also presented via posters at the event:

 Poster 1: From in vitro to in vivo: effect of Mix 3.0 on ruminate fermentation, and effect of Qualix Yellow on dairy cows’ performance and environmental impact;

 Poster 2: Effect of macro-algae seasonality on in vitro rumen fermentations.

Having opened in 2016, the Animal Nutrition laboratory at the CMI Roullier has once again proven its capacity for dynamic inventiveness, offering innovative solutions for ruminants.

12.12

TIMAC AGRO Italia participated in the Contoterzisti & Agricoltori Forum at Fico Eataly World in Bologna

The Contoterzisti & Agricoltori Forum on the theme “Contractors and farmers: a new technological era... View Article

The Contoterzisti & Agricoltori Forum on the theme “Contractors and farmers: a new technological era for doing business” was held on November 26 at Fico Eataly World in Bologna. This event was organized by the National Union of Entrepreneurs – UNCAI, in collaboration with New Holland, a consolidated partner, and  the participation of TIMAC AGRO Italia, the only technological partner of the event.

On this occasion, discussions on the impact of the subcontracting contract in Italian agriculture in the coming years have been presented, in the light of available evidence and opinions of politicians, entrepreneurs, farmers, opinion leaders, scientific partners. In particular, the 4.0 transformations were examined in order to reflect on future scenarios and propose visions of European and Italian policies.

Pierluigi Sassi (General manager of TIMAC AGRO Italia) participated in debate moderated by Sauro Angelini (Director of Agrilinea TV) mentioning the importance of the relation between innovation and social and environmental sustainability.

28.11

Technical Sales Agents’ TIMAC AGRO from father to son

The job as TSAs is based on passion. Like Éric in France or Ahmet in... View Article

The job as TSAs is based on passion. Like Éric in France or Ahmet in Turkey, who share their experience with their sons Georges-Éric and Mustafa, and many of our TSAs do the same job, from father to son. Handing down the profession in a way our TIMAC AGRO community is proud of. It proves that this profession is a pleasure, involving dialogue and commitment that draws in generation upon generation.

 

Some TSAs testimonials

“I saw the support TIMAC AGRO France gave to my father over the years. I like this type of working atmosphere, so I applied for a job as a TSA. Among farmers, the TIMAC AGRO TSA is known and valued as the fertilisation specialist. Human relationships are the foundation of our trade.” Georges-Éric Lambert, France. (left side of the photo)

 

“I told my son that the job of a TSA involved taking pleasure in success, without taking the failures to heart. The keys to the job are dynamism and charisma. These qualities allow us to enjoy our time with our clients and appreciate their positive and pleasant characteristics.” Éric Lambert, France. (right side of the photo)

 

“I have been working for TIMAC AGRO Avrasya since 2015. My father is a farmer and a TSA, which is how I knew about the efficacy of TIMAC AGRO’s products before joining the company. Today, I am proud to support the farmers: for me, TIMAC AGRO is a byword for quality and reliability. My personal experience is that it is an advantage to work with my father: we are stronger together!” Mustafa Altinisik, Turkey.

 

“I have been working for TIMAC AGRO for over 9 years and I am proud of the technology the company uses. Thanks to the efficacy of the TIMAC AGRO products on plant nutrition, the agricultural yields are increasing. I also take advantage of my son’s energy, and his youth and enthusiasm.” Ahmet Altinisik, Turkey.