Innovations to Help Farmers Grow Enough for a Growing World
We believe that human ingenuity that drives innovation is crucial to addressing the challenges facing the global food system. That is why we are continuously innovating to provide farmers all over the world with the best possible solutions to address these challenges. To do this, we invest more in research and development than any other company in the industry.
Our leading research capabilities in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, and data science, bolstered by an established network of partners, position us to bring smarter solutions to farmers tailored to their individual needs. By harnessing new developments in these areas, our innovation focuses on: growing enough on each acre; reducing the environmental impact of farming; enabling smarter decision-making to make farming more efficient.
In our efforts to shape agriculture to benefit farmers, consumers, and the planet, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure that our innovations are made available to farmers large and small, all over the world.
We work with farmers to identify opportunities tailored to each field through data-driven insights that inform complex decision making, and products that help them make the most of every piece of farmland. Remote sensors, satellites, and drones can monitor plant health, soil conditions, temperature, nitrogen utilization, and much more 24/7. That data, coupled with artificial intelligence tools, can help farmers make critical, timely, in-field decisions. For example, the Climate FieldView™ platform enables farmers to have a complete picture of their operation. Billions of data points combine to help farmers prevent problems before they start so that they can achieve successful harvests using less land, energy, and water.
Advanced digital technologies improve our chances to discover new tools for farmers. By designing AI tools that learn alongside us, every generation of seeds and crop protection solutions will be smarter than the ones that came before. Whether it’s reimagining seed genetics, or researching and developing small molecules, our innovations in data science are driving the impact farmers can see in the field.
We all know that no two fields are the same – climate, pests, and other growing conditions vary region-to-region and farm-to-farm. We also know this means the only way to advance agriculture is to provide more and better choices for farmers and to do it faster. So, we built a more informed, more efficient seed pipeline using genomics, data science, and AI tools. As a result, we’ve brought new hybrids and varieties to market more quickly, empowering farmers to adjust to changing pest and climatic conditions while decreasing the environmental impact in both our breeding R&D process and on farmers’ fields.
We believe every investment in innovation should also be an investment in sustainability. We will reduce the environmental impact of crop production by 30 percent by 2030. We aim to achieve this by developing new technologies that enable farmers to scale down crop protection product volumes and enable more precise application. In doing so, we are helping farmers sustainably grow enough while using fewer resources and inputs such as pesticides and fertilizers.
What if we could use bacteria to help plants make their own nitrogen? We’ve partnered with Ginkgo Bioworks to form Joyn Bio, a joint venture working to create microbes that help crops extract nitrogen from the air and radically reduce the need for synthetic fertilizer – a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. We’re studying the relationship between microbes and plants, how they have evolved together, and their unique contribution to ecosystems to make microbial products that will help farmers grow better harvests.
Half of our world’s population is at risk for malaria. Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and India are especially vulnerable to this life-threatening disease, which could become even more widespread due to climate change. In the effort to eradicate malaria by 2040, we’ve partnered with other companies and organizations to develop innovative solutions to vector-borne diseases. Insecticide resistance is a growing threat in the fight against malaria, so Bayer developed a dual-action insecticide to combat mosquitos even where resistance is growing. Together, we are working tirelessly to help stamp out malaria.
Sustainable innovation means reimagining how we use natural resources, while we develop products that protect crops in the safest and most effective way possible.