Why seeds and traits matter to us

Good seed is the foundation of a great harvest. Every farmer knows that, and we’re determined to supply the very best. That often means creating hybrid seeds, which involves crossing different species to improve their best features.
Why seeds matter to us
Scientists call the effect heterosis (hybrid vigor), while for farmers, it means higher yields, hardier plants and a better-quality harvest. For example, rice, oilseed rape, corn and cotton farmers have seen their balance sheet transformed by the improvements. It’s no surprise that, in China, more than 50 per cent of the rice crop is hybrid, and in the US, over 90 per cent of corn.

The world’s farmers also need open-pollinated seeds– and we supply these too, making sure  they are high quality and well adapted to their environment.

What makes our seed stand out

We can build on a global network of innovation centers, breeding and trait development stations to develop new varieties tailored to the local needs of farmers worldwide.
We can build on a global network of innovation centers, breeding and trait development stations to develop new varieties tailored to the local needs of farmers worldwide.
We know our seed needs to meet the rigors of a tough environment and growing demands for healthier, high-quality food. To make sure it lives up to the task, we support a global network of great talent – plant breeders and plant scientists – and give them the best tools to work with. The result is outstanding canola/oilseed rape, cotton, rice, soybeans, wheat and vegetables.

We also develop new characteristics (known as traits) for plants. These help farmers get more from their harvests and leave a smaller foot print on our planet.

What makes Nunhems™ stand out

Manual pollination takes a steady hand. Here a cucumber blossom is being fertilized.
Manual pollination takes a steady hand. Here a cucumber blossom is being fertilized.
Knowing seed quality can make or break a crop, we market some of the best in the world under our Nunhems™ brand, one of the world’s four leading vegetable seed suppliers. Behind these great products is our breeders’ drive to give farmers and shoppers the yields, quality, look and taste they want.

Based in the Netherlands, Bayer vegetable seeds offer farmers over 2500 commercial seed varieties under the Nunhems™ brand, including leeks, onions, carrots, melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelons, lettuce and bell peppers. We also run 26 research and development stations in 14 countries, where our breeders work closely with nature to improve varieties.

What makes InVigor™ stand out

What makes InVigor™ stand out
Our hybrid oilseed rape InVigor™ is a great answer for a world demanding more, better oil.  Recently, rapeseed oil has sparked major interest from shoppers looking for more nutritious cooking oils and salad dressings. Our role is to work with farmers and retailers to keep supplies flowing from farm to shelf.

Meanwhile, global use of biodiesel, which also comes from oilseed rape, rose by more than 50 per cent between 2002 and 2007. This leap has spurred us to make the area a big focus, and grow into promising new territories like Europe, India and Australia. Across all regions, our goal is to equip farmers with the tools and knowledge they need to get the most from this huge opportunity.

InVigor™  is a vital tool for farmers – producing consistently vigorous and higher-yielding plants. And it’s been dramatically improving harvests for over 10 years, so is a fully known and trusted ally on the farm. 

In the US, InVigor™ Health delivers cooking oils with lower transfats, helping relieve a big health worry for consumers there.

What makesFiberMax™ stand out

What makesFiberMax™ stand out
The world needs millions of tons of cotton each year. Jeans alone use 1.52 million tons. Then there’s shirts, jackets, socks, blankets, sheets – even bank notes.

With FiberMax™, farmers  get a seed blueprinted to yield cotton fiber of exceptional  quality, length and strength. The textile industry knows it too, and sets great store on FiberMax™ cotton.

Other members of the cotton product family include:

Stoneville™
Stoneville 

Stoneville™ cotton varieties trademarked for tradition  yield plants that grow vigorously, laying an ideal foundation for larger harvests and higher profits. Stoneville quality cotton fibers are ultimately woven into hard-wearing, long-lasting, versatile fabrics.
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