Sustainable Agriculture in Practice
Sustainable Agriculture in Practice
Sustainable Agriculture in Practice
Sustainable Agriculture in Practice

ForwardFarming:
Demonstrating Sustainable Agriculture in Practice

Bayer ForwardFarming is a knowledge platform that demonstrates sustainable agriculture in practice.
Bayer ForwardFarming is a knowledge platform that demonstrates sustainable agriculture in practice.

Bayer ForwardFarming is a knowledge platform that demonstrates sustainable agriculture in practice.

In partnership with independent farmers, the initiative creates opportunities for demonstration, dialogue and collaboration on farms around the world. Tailored solutions, proactive stewardship measures, and partnerships are implemented to show how modern agriculture can go hand in hand with environmental and social responsibility.

What is a Bayer ForwardFarm?

ForwardFarms are independent farms that are representative of the region in which they are located. The farmers proactively seek improvements in sustainable agriculture practices. The farms serve as a hub for exchange of ideas and insights that can be implemented locally, and globally.

These farms benefit from partnerships with both the public and private sector to support their business, produce high-quality food, feed, and renewable raw materials, while at the same time preserving farmland and natural resources such as water, soil and biodiversity.

Explore the Bayer ForwardFarming network below to learn more!

Three Basic Components

Sustainable Agriculture In Practice

Tailored Solutions

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to sustainable farming. Together with independent farmers, Bayer ForwardFarming demonstrates the importance of seeds and traits, crop protection, digital tools and related services to increase yield by making the best use of all resources, while preserving the environment.

Seeds & Traits

Selection of high-quality, certified seeds is essential for a good yield. Treatments help protect seeds against diseases and pests. SeedGrowth™ is an example of an integrated system – providing products, coatings, equipment and services – that encourages optimal seed development through on-seed applications. Learn more here.

Crop Protection Products

Chemical and biological crop protection products combine to protect against weeds, pests and diseases. Decision support tools as mentioned above help to optimize the timing of applications and help apply only as much as is truly needed.

Digital Tools & Services

From advanced weather monitoring to satellite remote sensing, digital technology enables farmers to take advantage of the data at their fingertips.

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Proactive Stewardship

ForwardFarming promotes and demonstrates proactive stewardship to protect human health and preserve the environment. Examples include addressing the safe and responsible use of crop protection products, preserving soil, biodiversity and water, as well as offering training in all of these areas.

Safe Use of Crop Protection Products

Ensuring the responsible handling and application of products is an essential part of farming safety. ForwardFarming serves as a demonstration and knowledge exchange platform for farmers and other stakeholders to share, learn and adopt best practices to keep themselves safe and continue to produce healthy food.

For farmer support, Bayer provides an online tool called BAYER DRESSCODE with information about personal protection. Bayer has also developed a new closed system device called easyFlow®. This device allows operators to measure and translocate crop protection products without being exposed to them.

Enhancement of Natural Habitat

On each farm, coexistence with the natural surroundings is important not only for the environment, but for the health of the crops. Depending on the local habitat and species, farms implement diverse features including:

  • Mixed plant hedges act as a windshield for fruit crops and help prevent spray drift.
  • Flowering strips and mixed hedges ensure that bees, wild pollinators and other beneficial insects have food and shelter throughout the year when active.
  • Nesting boxes are provided for small birds and resting places for predatory birds.
  • Insect hotels provide habitat and encourage activity, especially by wild pollinators.
  • Open plots allow skylarks to land and build their nests in the surrounding fields.
Water Protection and Conservation

Water is one of our most valuable resources. Regardless of the activity, using and preserving water in a responsible manner is in the farmer’s and the environment’s best interest.

  • One example is the Phytobac™ system used on Bayer ForwardFarms to ensure safe disposal and cleaning of wastewater. Residue water collected from a designated cleaning area is distributed slowly over a basin filled with a soil and straw mixture. Microorganisms in the soil remove chemical residue, and the clean water evaporates. Learn more about this technology here.
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Partnerships

Bayer ForwardFarming partners with food and value chain participants, research centers and universities, and industry leaders to create space for dialogue and demonstration – connecting farmers with the communities around them and beyond.

Just a few examples of partnerships established by current ForwardFarms include:

  • University of Ghent (Belgium)
  • National Corn Growers Association Soil Health Partnership (USA)
  • Internet of Food & Farming 2020 (Netherlands)
  • Fraunhofer Chile Research (Chile)
  • JP Dantas, Agronomic Consultant-Soil Fertility (Brazil)
  • Stiftung Rheinische Kulturlandschaft (Germany)
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Tailored solutions
Tailored solutions
Key components of sustainable agriculture

Learn More About the Farms

The ForwardFarming Network of Sustainable Farms

Agrícola Testa

Argentina
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Quality seeds

Selection of high quality seeds adapted to the geographic and climatic conditions of the region to ensure quality yields.

Quality Seeds
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Fertilization assuring quality harvest

Conducting regular soil analysis to optimize organic and mineral fertilization, thereby preserving soil fertility for optimal productivity.

Fertilization Assuring Quality Harvest
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Weather monitoring

Up-to-date weather monitoring and prognostics not only allow the optimization of many farming tasks, but also support monitoring of disease and insect pests to optimize control.

Weather Monitoring
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Weed, disease and insect pest monitoring

Regular scouting activities to monitor weed, disease and insect pest pressure support a comprehensive crop care and control program.

Weed Disease Insect Pest Monitoring
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Precision farming

Modern machinery and information from digital farming equipment allow improved resource management, on-farm decision-making and execution.

Precision Farming
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Integrated crop protection solutions

Integrating agronomic techniques with chemical and biological protection products allows production of healthy grains which benefit both consumer and the environment.

Integrated Crop Protection Solutions
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Operator safety

Maximizing user safety in all crop protection tasks through personal protective equipment and training.

Operator Safety
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Water protection

Water used to clean application equipment is collected and crop protection residues are broken down naturally to avoid runoff into the environment. Learn more about the micro-organisms at work in the Phtobac® system here.

Water Protection
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Bee hotel and supporting biodiversity

The installation of bee hotels and planting of flower strips improve the habitat for feeding and proliferation of pollinators and other beneficial organisms.

Bee Hotel Supporting Biodiversity
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Training

Education and training are fundamental in any profession. “I Apply Responsibly” is a training program that focuses on the importance of appropriate use of crop protection products.

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Cooperation & dialogue

Advancing sustainable agriculture is not a challenge for a single group, but for all those who make up the sector. The farmer, and Bayer, regularly seek opportunities for cooperation and dialogue.

Cooperation Dialogue
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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

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Agrícola Testa, Argentina Agrícola Testa, Argentina

Hollabrunn Agricultural College

Austria
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Seeds

High quality, certified seed provides the basis for good yields.

Seeds
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Crop protection

The combination of chemical and biological crop protec-tion products, as well as biotechnical measures in an integrated crop protection program, allow for high-quality, sustainable yields.

Crop protection
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Digital solutions

support the farmer in his or her decisions. Crop protec-tion applications are optimized, and the environment is preserved.

Digital solutions
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easyFlow M

protects the farmer and preserves the environment. With this closed transfer system, crop protection products are safely transferred.

easyFlow M
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Safe storage

Crop protection products are safely stored in a suitable warehouse and are available when needed.

Safe storage
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Flower strips

Annual and perennial flower strips in strategically favorable locations protect native flora as well as birds, beetles and earthworms.

Flower strips
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Phytobac®

System in which microorganisms degrade crop protection product residues in order to protect water.

Phytobac®
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Skylark plots

Small open plots in grain fields help threatened skylarks to land and nest safely.

Skylark plots
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Insect hotels

Inside this breeding aid, wild bees and other pollinators enjoy protection from predators and weather. The insect hotel was built by students.

Insect hotels
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Rock piles and beetle bank

The loose soil of a beetle bank provides an ideal habitat for beetle species that build their nests below the earth’s surface. Lizards and slowworms can find an airy and warm shelter inside a rock pile.

Rock piles and beetle bank
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Preventing erosion from wind and water

In addition to the implementation of erosion prevention projects for tillage and greening systems, wind protection hedges are installed to prevent wind erosion and serve as a shelter or food source for wild animals, insects and birds.

Preventing erosion from wind and water
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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

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Harborview Farms, USA Harborview Farms, USA

Hof ten Bosch

Belgium
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Seeds

High-quality, certified seeds are the basis for healthy and productive crops and support Integrated Pest Management practices.

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Crop protection

Chemical and biological crop protection products, as well as mechanical measures, are combined for sustainable production of healthy food.

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Bayer SeedGrowth®

The fully integrated and comprehensive system for onseed applications helps seeds to thrive and boosts yields.

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Precision farming

Precise application using GPS and Variable Rate Application (VRA) ensures sustainable and efficient use of crop protection products.

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Decision support tools

Information regarding weather and soil conditions, as well as pest and disease warnings, are used to optimize the timing of crop protection product application.

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Soil erosion

Buffer strips and micro dams in potatoes prevent soil erosion and washing off of fertilizers and crop protection products to the surface water.

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Functional biodiversity

Biodiversity is stimulated with flower strips at the field margins. The creation of a bee friendly garden and nesting places for wild bees and birds enhances pollination and natural pest control.

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easyFlow®

Thanks to the development of the closed filling system easyFlow® the exposure of users and the environment is limited to an absolute minimum.

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Phytobac®

An adapted farmyard infrastructure with a special filling and rinsing place and a Phytobac® prevents run-off into the environment.

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Personal protection equipment

Operator safety can be ensured by using correct personal protective clothing (dresscode.bayer.com).

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Bee care

Supporting bee health through pest and varroa control, pollen and nectar offerings as well as the correct use of crop protection products.

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Partnerships

Bayer ForwardFarming brings together the competencies of mutually beneficial partnerships into a single holistic system.

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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

Click on the numbers on the farm and find out more on specific sustainable agriculture activities.

Hof ten Bosch, Belgium Hof ten Bosch, Belgium

Nossa Senhora Aparecida Farm

Brazil
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Seeds

Creating value by using high-quality seeds and technologies that support the farmer to sustainably increase productivity and profitability.

Seeds
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Soil fertility

Improving soil fertility by optimizing crop rotation practices to achieve high, sustainable productivity.

Soil Fertility
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Integrated weed management

Identification and mapping of weeds and implementation of integrated weed management programs to limit proliferation.

Integrated Weed Management
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Integrated disease & pest management

Implementation of techniques to monitor disease and pest infestation and make cropping recommendations to optimize the sustainable use of crop protection products.

Integrated Disease Pest Management
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Nematode monitoring and control

Mapping of nematode infestation and crop damage to inform recommendation of integrated chemical and biological control to avoid productivity loss.

Nematode Monitoring Control
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Precision agriculture

Use of machines and tools to optimize farming tasks and farming inputs.

Precision Agriculture
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Erosion control

Drainage basins along the road are used to capture water run-off to fill the groundwater aquifer, preventing erosion and avoiding pollution of lakes and reservoirs with eroded soil.

Erosion Control
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Good agricultural practice

Trainings aim to help the farmer apply agricultural products in a responsible manner, protecting people, preserving the environment and improving crop yield.

Good Agricultural Practice
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Valore program

Farm certification program specifying production processes that follow legislation to ensure production of safe food, adding value to the value chain and competitiveness of the Brazilian farmer.

Valore Program
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Pollinator care

Preservation of pollinators on the farm with conservation measures and harmonic coexistence between farming and beekeeping.

Pollinator Care
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Partnerships

Bayer ForwardFarming combines knowledge, experience, skills and new technologies with partners to grow the farming business successfully and sustainably.

Partnerships
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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

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Nossa Senhora Aparecida Farm, Brazil Nossa Senhora Aparecida Farm, Brazil

La Hornilla - Fundo Santa Inés

Chile
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Integrated crop protection solutions

Integrating phytosanitary products in a sustainable way with modern agricultural techniques.

Integrated Crop Protection Solutions
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Insect pest monitoring

Continuous pest monitoring allows accurate applications and only when necessary.

Insect Pest Monitoring
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Weed monitoring

Permanent resistance monitoring of weeds, in order to implement control programs to avoid buildup of resistant weeds.

Weed Monitoring
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Efficiency in agricultural tasks

Platforms to facilitate and improve thinning, pruning and harvesting, ensuring greater efficiency and safety in agricultural tasks.

Efficiency in Agricultural Tasks
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Weather and irrigation monitoring

Real-time information on weather conditions assists in achieving the correct use of crop protection products and optimal irrigation.

Weather and Irrigation Monitoring
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Satellite monitoring

The satellite photographic spectrophotometric information helps determine orchard health throughout the season.

Satellite monitoring
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Operator safety

Maximizing user safety throughout all elements of crop protection with personal protective equipment.

Operator Safety
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Targeted applications

Efficient product application with electrostatic machines, which achieve better coverage, use less water, cause less drift and increase user safety.

Targeted Applications
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Water protection

Phytobac®: Sustainable management of wastewater from cleaning equipment in a closed system that biologically breaks down crop protection product residues. Learn more here.

Water Protection
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Preserving biodiversity

Planting of flower strips for feeding and proliferation of pollinators and other beneficial organisims.

Preserving Biodiversity
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Healthy hives for pollination

Demonstrating good hive-management practices for healthy bees, ensuring optimal pollination services to the farm.

Healthy Hives for Pollination
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Partnerships

Bringing together skills and expertise to demonstrate successful and modern sustainable farming in a holistic way.

Bringing together skills and expertise to demonstrate successful and modern sustainable farming in a holistic way.
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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

Click on the numbers on the farm and find out more on specific sustainable agriculture activities.

La Hornilla - Fundo Santa Inés, Chile La Hornilla - Fundo Santa Inés, Chile

Château Lamothe

France
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Grape variety

Choosing the right grape variety and rootstock as the basis for the quality of the wine.

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Targeted weed control

Herbicides are targeted via band application close to the foot of the vines. This leaves vegetation between rows, limiting run-off and preserving habitat for biodiversity.

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Disease control - Mildew and Botrytis

Chemical and biological crop protection products are combined to protect the vine from disease and manage resistence.

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Soil analysis

Regular soil analysis allows optimal organic and mineral fertilization to preserve soil characteristics.

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Decision support systems

Weather and mildew prediction models ensure the best-possible application timing.

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Application technology

Jointly with our partner Berthoud, tests are carried out, the equipment is callibrated correctly and the application optimized.

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Beekeeping partnership

The beekeeper and the farmer have signed a Charter of Commitment for Good Agricultural and Beekeeping Pratices for the hives that are welcomed each spring.

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Biodiversity

Implementing a variety of supporting measures to protect flora, birds, beetles and earthworms.

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Bee hotel

Wild bees and other pollinators enjoy this safe haven for nesting and protection from bad weather.

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Human protection

Operator protection is continuously optimized through risk assessment, training and new infrastructure.

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Phytobac®

The bioremediation system that ensures optimal on-farm wastewater management.

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Partnerships

Bayer ForwardFarming unites the skills and expertise of different partners for continuous improvement.

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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

Click on the numbers on the farm and find out more on specific sustainable agriculture activities.

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Earl des Bruyères

France
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Weather monitoring

Assessing leaf moisture, relative humidity, temperature, and windspeed to optimize farm management.

Precision Farming
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Precision farming

Improving efficiency of applications by using cutting-edge sprayers with GPS and low-drift nozzles.

Rational Crop Protection Applications
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Irrigation management

Optimizing irrigation by using control tools such as tensiometricprobes.

Innovative Application Techniques
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Fertilization management

Fulfilling the nutrient needs of crops through fertilizer management software such as Farmstar® and Airinov's drone.

Fertilization Management
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Soil analysis

Conducting regular soil analysis to optimize organic and mineral fertilization, thereby preserving soil characteristics.

Integrated Weed Management
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Sowing practices

Implementing best practices in sowing to minimize the risk of wildlife exposure to treated seeds.

Good Sowing Practices
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Protecting pollinators

Welcoming bee hives each Spring and abiding by a charter of commitment for good agricultural and bee-keeping practices.

Farming and Beekeeping
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Biodiversity

Taking inventory of and monitoring wildlife, such as birds, earthworms and beneficial insects, and taking measures to protect biodiversity, including planting hedges.

Biodiversity
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Protected species

Respecting good agricultural practices that protect the local bird species, Oedicnème Criard, nesting in the farm's corn.

Safe Product Storage and Handling
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User safety

Partnering with Bayer to optimize personal protective clothing during crop protection product application and storage to maximize safety and comfort.

Phytobac
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Waste-water management

Designing a filling and rinsing station as well as installing the Phytobac® bioremediation system that ensures optimal on-farm wastewater management.

Traceability of Applications
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Partnerships

Bringing together experts and community members to foster dialogue on modern, sustainable farming.

Partnerships
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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

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Ferme de Bulas

France
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Precision farming

GPS-guided work tasks (sowing, spraying, fertilizing and harvesting) to optimize fuel and input use.

Precision Farming
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Rational crop protection applications

In cereals, fungicide applications are made with the help of an advisor supported by a decision-making tool called Positive®.

Rational Crop Protection Applications
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Innovative application techniques

Sprayers equipped with drift control and automatic boom section control.

Innovative Application Techniques
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Fertilization management

Optimized nitrogen application taking into account evaluations made with the FARMSTAR® decision support tool provided by the Axereal cooperative.

Fertilization Management
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Integrated weed management

Adjusted weed management program and extended crop rotation (integration of pea protein) in the areas with resistant black-grass.

Integrated Weed Management
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Good sowing practices

Implementing measures to limit the presence of grain on the soil surface which could be eaten by wild animals when sowing.

Good Sowing Practices
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Farming and beekeeping

The farmer and beekeeper have signed an apiculture and agriculture best practices charter to protect bees on the farm.

Farming and Beekeeping
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Biodiversity

Monitoring of biodiversity such as flora, birds, worms, pollinators, beetles etc. Hedges and strips of corn have been integrated into fields to benefit wildlife.

Biodiversity
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Safe product storage and handling

Modernization of the product storage and sprayer filling area to improve working conditions and safety for workers and the environment.

Safe Product Storage and Handling
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Phytobac®

The bioremediation system ensures optimal on-farm wastewater management.

Phytobac
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Partnerships

Bayer ForwardFarming builds on existing partnerships to leverage expertise and skills.

Partnerships
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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

Click on the numbers on the farm and find out more on specific sustainable agriculture activities.

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AGRO-FARM Nauen GmbH

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Seeds

High-quality, certified seeds are the basis for a high yield.

seeds
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Crop protection

Combined use of chemical and biological crop protection products to promote sustainable production.

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Digital farming

Digital measures support efficient use of crop protection products depending on each field's needs.

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easyFlow®

Implementation of a closed transfer system for liquid crop protection products that prevents spills for easier filling and cleaning.

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DroplegUL

A spray nozzle design that minimizes the effect of crop protection practices on the surrounding environment.

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Flowering areas

Planting flowers and other beneficial plants in strategic locations to protect flora, birds, beetles, and earthworms.

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Phytobac®

The bioremediation system that ensures optimal on-farm wastewater management.

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Skylark plots

Small, non-cropped areas serve as „landing areas“ for skylarks, supporting nest-building for the beneficial bird species.

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Bee hotel

Wild bees and other pollinators enjoy a safe haven for nesting and protection from bad weather.

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Nesting aids for birds

Secure places for birds that nest in caves or cavities ensure safe conditions to rear their young.

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Renewable energy

Wind turbines, solar panels, and a biogas plant offer an alternative income while using natural resources in a sustainable manner.

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Partnerships

Bayer ForwardFarming brings together competencies of mutually beneficial partnerships to demonstrate successful and modern sustainable agriculture.

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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

Click on the numbers on the farm and find out more on specific sustainable agriculture activities.

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Damianshof

Germany
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Seeds

High-quality, certified seeds are the basis for good yields.

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Bayer SeedGrowth™

A holistic approach helps farmers make full use of the potential of their seed.

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Plant protection

Chemical crop protection products guarantee the health of crops and protect plants from diseases and pest infestation.

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Weather station

Continuous monitoring and documentation of weather data, such as temperature, precipitation, and leaf wetness, optimize targeted plant protection measures.

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Septoria timer

Timely Septoria monitoring of crops makes it possible to determine the right moment to apply fungicides.

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Digital farming

Digital solutions support the farmer in decision-making. Plant protection applications are optimized, and the environment is preserved.

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Protection from soil erosion

New techniques, such as cross-dyke ridging in the cultivation of potatoes, protect the topsoil and reduce the danger of flooding.

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Phytobac®

Eliminates the remains of crop protection products in water used for cleaning equipment, to prevent contaminating runoff.

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Flower strips

Annual and perennial flower strips in strategically favorable locations protect the flora and fauna, including birds, beetles and earthworms.

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Bee hotel

Wild bees and other pollinators enjoy protection from predators and bad weather in this nesting aid.

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Skylark plots

Small untilled patches in cereal fields help the endangered skylark land safely and build nests.

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Partnerships

The aim is to master the challenges of sustainable agriculture in collaboration with most diverse players.

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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

Click on the numbers on the farm and find out more on specific sustainable agriculture activities.

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Azienda Agricola Moranda

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Integrated crop protection solutions

Integrating chemical and biological crop protection products in a sustainable manner with modern farming techniques to protect the vineyards from adversity.

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Fungal disease monitoring

Advance knowledge of fungal disease development in the grapevines through a decision support system ensures appropriate and timely intervention.

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Insect pest monitoring

Smart digital traps provide real-time data on the population dynamics of insects harmful to the vines and enable intervention only when needed.

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Weather monitoring

A weather station supplies real-time information on changes in weather and soil moisture enabling optimal irrigation and correct crop protection product use.

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Operator safety

Maximizing user safety throughout all stages of crop production, product application and storage with personal protective equipment and services.

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Safe transfer of crop protection products

Tools such as easyFlow™, a closed-transfer system, ensure operational efficiency and safety for the operator and the environment.

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Application of crop protection products

Effective treatment of crops through proper distribution of crop protection products on the plant.

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Biodegradation of crop protection products

To avoid run-off of crop protection into the environment, tools like the Phytobac® system collect water used for cleaning equipment and break down residues naturally by micro-organisms.

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Preserving biodiversity

Fostering the coexistence of different species of animals and plants through the implementation of activities aimed at preserving natural habitat.

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Biodiversity monitoring

Regular monitoring of biodiversity status on the farm through the Biodiversity Friend® certification.

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Protecting bees

Encouraging the presence of bees on the farm by taking measures that foster food availability and living space.

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Partnerships

Bringing together the skillsets and expertise to demonstrate successful and modern sustainable farming.

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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

Click on the numbers on the farm and find out more on specific sustainable agriculture activities.

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Het Groene Hart

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Seeds

Good and certified seed is essential for a good yield.

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Bayer SeedGrowth®

Integrated program aimed at sustainable seed and planting treatment and application technology.

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Crop protection

Combined use of chemical and biological crop protection products for a sustainable production of healthy food.

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Precision agriculture

Optimizing the application of crop protection products with regard to time, location and quantity.

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Decision supporting systems

Integrated information about weather conditions and disease and pest warnings in order to apply crop protection products at the optimum time.

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Biodiversity

The added value of biodiversity for farmers, the environment and society.

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Personal protection

Protecting the user of crop protection products with technology such as easyFlow®.

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easyFlow®

Avoiding exposure of the user and the environment to concentrated products by using a closed transfer system during the filling of the sprayer.

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Bee health

Supporting bee health through pest control, enhancement of biodiversity and careful use of crop protection products.

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Farmyard emission

Prevent emission from the farmyard with techniques like a dedicated cleaning area combined with a Phytobac®.

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Emission through runoff

Prevent run off of applied crop protection products and fertilizers to surface water by plot design and special cultivation techniques.

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Partnerships

Bayer ForwardFarming is a platform where partners work together to optimize agricultural practices.

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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

Click on the numbers on the farm and find out more on specific sustainable agriculture activities.

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Zachtfruit Schalkwijk B.V.

The Netherlands
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Planting material

Van Garderen collaborates with The Greenery to develop new plant varieties, with a significant focus on varietal purity and resistance to pests and diseases.

Planting material
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Crop protection

Biological, chemical and technological crop protection measures are combined to form an integrated cultivation system.

Crop protection
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Decision support systems

Optimization of crop protection in terms of timing, based on crop growth and external (weather) conditions.

Decision support systems
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Precision technology

Optimization of crop protection application in terms of placement and quantity, based on soil and crop sensor data.

Precision technology
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Storage

Storage is managed to optimize energy use and to maintain optimal quality of the berries.

Storage
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Functional biodiversity

The planting of flower strips and a variety of hedges as a bed and breakfast for beneficial insects and as natural buffers between the crop and adjacent areas.

Functional biodiversity
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Apiary

Honeybees for pollinating crops.

Apiary
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Insect hotels

Nesting sites for solitary bees to support pollination, and shelters and nesting sites for beneficial insects such as earwigs and ladybugs.

Insect hotels
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easyFlow®

A closed transfer system to prevent possible contact with crop protection products during filling.

easyFlow®
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Phytobac®

Optimal yard facility combined with a Phytobac® for the biodegradation of effluent.

Phytobac®
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Personal protection

To ensure the safety of crop protection product operators.

Personal protection
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Partnerships

In addition to the three main partners, there are cooperations with various companies and institutes.

Partnerships
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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

Click on the numbers on the farm and find out more on specific sustainable agriculture activities.

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Harborview Farms

USA
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Seeds

Use of high quality seed with appropriate traits and seed treatments to combat pests and disease and ensure healthy plant growth and optimum yield.

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Soil health

No-till farming is used in conjunction with other conservation practices to increase water infiltration, sequester carbon, and maintain organic matter for soil fertility.

Soil Health
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Cover crops

Cover crops are used to improve soil health, prevent erosion, reduce pollution and improve water quality in the surrounding areas.

Cover Crops
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Precision agriculture

GPS-guided technology optimizes the use of fuel and inputs, while reducing run times and waste, to promote healthier surroundings.

Precision Agriculture
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Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Environmentally-sensitive and economically-viable approach to the management of insects, weeds, diseases and nematodes.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
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Renewable resources

A solar site powers all of the on-farm facilities, including an irrigation pivot and the entire grain system, reducing the farm’s dependency on non-renewable fuels.

Renewable Resources
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Energy efficient systems

State-of-the-art grain dryers are solar-powered and designed to be energy efficient.

Energy Efficient Systems
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Product storage & handling

Proper product storage and disposal, label adherence and the use of personal protective equipment are critical to the farm’s proactive stewardship efforts.

Product Storage & Handling
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Environmental conservation

Buffer zones and dedicated conservation areas ensure preservation of the surrounding Chesapeake Bay.

Environmental Conservation
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Habitat enhancement

Pollinator strips, milkweed preservation and cover crops provide critical forage and habitat for wildlife.

Habitat Enhancement
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Collaborations

Leveraging skills and expertise from the community and organizations across the nation ensures smart farming that is ecologically aware and sustainable.

Collaborations
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There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to sustainable farming.

Click on the numbers on the farm and find out more on specific sustainable agriculture activities.

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