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.