Farmers around the world make multiple decisions each season on how best to protect their crops. Bayer works to support farmers by providing a variety of tools to control weeds, protect harvests and foster biodiversity on their farms.
There is no singular approach to crop protection. Farmers today have a diverse toolbox at their disposal to minimize damage from pests, including state-of-the-art chemical and biological products, advanced data analytics, and precision technologies. While these tools are individually powerful, combining them in an agronomic approach tailored to farmers’ specific challenges enhances their effectiveness while minimizing the environmental impact of agriculture.
At Bayer, we bring a 100+ year track record in research and solutions with global crop protection products to manage weeds, disease and harmful insects and fungi. Our robust crop protection portfolio also includes natural solutions, such as biologicals, that use nature’s own defenses to protect crops.
As modern agriculture continues to evolve, so do our tools for managing weeds, insects, and disease. Crop management software, data science, precision farming technology, and soil health and nutrient management techniques are all ways technology is driving crop protection in modern agriculture. Chemical and biological crop protection products, nutrient management, and soil health practices are enhanced by data science. Tools like artificial intelligence and object-based recognition are being used to better assess soil life, as well as detecting harmful soil organisms, such as corn rootworm and other pests that can cause tremendous damage to crops. Through data science, we can better model and estimate where damaging pests and environmental pressures will be greatest so that we can help growers protect harvests.
Data science transforms traditional practices into an integrated system focused on sustainable use. Real-time data drives the precise application of resources, and state-of-the-art software allows for quick, easy analysis of crop management and protection.
Integrated pest management is a strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests and their damage through a combination of techniques such as crop scouting and rotation, chemical and biological control, targeted habitat management like increased plant diversity, modification of irrigation and tilling methods, and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and resistant crop varieties.