How Is Resource-Friendly Farming Possible?

If natural resources, such as arable land and water, are limited and growing conditions are exacerbated by climate change, there is only one solution to producing enough food for a constantly growing global population: we must use natural resources in the most sustainable manner possible.

Crop protection products – whether they are of a chemical or biological nature – are an essential component for safeguarding future crop yields. Using these products correctly and responsibly is critical to keeping people and the environment safe.

Going forward, Bayer is placing more emphasis on a holistic approach. Seeds, crop protection products and supporting technologies are to be harmonized in such a way so that yields can be increased while the deployment of agricultural inputs, and the use of natural resources, remain as low as possible. Bayer is also continuously working on the development of new seeds with improved properties so, for example, plants can better withstand extreme weather conditions.

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Digitalization offers the agriculture industry a great opportunity for advancing sustainability. Bayer is part of a revolution that is referred to as precision farming: using cameras and sensors, machines and drones to gather information, including data about microclimates, soil conditions and pest infestations, while combining this with real-time information about weather conditions. The findings obtained from these machines can be used for the cultivation of sections of fields, providing a tangible economic and ecological benefit: instead of managing the whole field the same as before, a farmer can control weeds, fungal diseases or pests virtually down to the square meter, and use water and fertilizer in a more efficient and targeted manner.

The opportunities offered by digital farming extend beyond efficiency gains to prevention: using data models, the risks of disease infestation in plants can be simulated and appropriate preventive measures can therefore be taken.

But what is the use of having leading expertise and technology, if it is not widely used and if not enough farmers are aware of it? The Bayer ForwardFarming initiative is dedicated to sharing and exchanging knowledge and experience to heighten this awareness. In partnership with Bayer, selected farms offer a platform for dialog, where they demonstrate how resource-friendly farming can already be put into practice today.

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