First commercial successes of the Taméo service
February 2017 marked the operational launch of the agricultural meteorology service, Taméo, intended for soft wheat. Developed in partnership with Arvalis Institut du végétal (French arable crops R&D Institute), the service is a comprehensive tool combining agricultural weather with agronomic advice. It facilitates the prediction of crop stages, disease prevention and the optimisation of crop protection intervention, weeding and fertilisation. The commercial launch of the Taméo service was accompanied by well-orchestrated communications with Arvalis, to coincide with the Paris International Agricultural Show. Innovative decision support tools for producers containing advice that can be accessed from desktop PCs, tablets and smartphones have been promoted. More than 250 farms now subscribe to the Taméo service.
The service will also be made available to new crop types, with the integration of corn in the spring of 2018, followed by hard wheat, barley and triticale in the autumn. This decision support tool is intended to act as a benchmark in terms of precise weather forecasting. This therefore paves the way for better performing agriculture requiring the use of fewer crop protection products. This represents a major environmental and economic challenge for France, the largest producer of agricultural produce in the European Union.
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