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Start of new service for prediction of Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle in UK




The Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle (CSFB) is one of the most important oil seed rape pests in UK. After 2 years of validation Bayer starts a new service for this pest that is addressed to selected users in UK. The service informs the user about migration-status and egg-laying activities by analyzing recent weather data and field specific information. This helps oils seed rape growers to decide about the need and the timing of a special treatment against CSFB in Autumn.

Field-specific newsletter service for wheat and sugar beet




Bayer Austria provides expert. solutions in cereals, sugar beet and oilseed rape. To be able to treat fungal diseases infection-based (optimal and profitable control) a newsletter service for wheat and sugar beet diseases has been developed, based on field-specific risk factors.

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Bayer Pollen Beetle Predictor online in the UK




The “Pollen Beetle Predictor” provided by Bayer CropScience UK forecasts the start, peaks and progress of pollen beetle migration into winter OSR crops. By this it is giving rapeseed growers and agronomists the information needed to tell when it’s time to get out to the field – or not – and see what’s happening in crops.
The “Bayer Pollen Beetle Predictor” is a version of the DSS “expert.” used widely in Europe. It was validated for the UK within the HGCA project “Development of an IPM strategy for control of pollen beetles in winter OSR” (2008-2012). The “Pollen Beetle Predictor” can halve monitoring time. It also focuses monitoring effort to when it’s most needed, helps avoid unnecessary spraying and time treatments accurately.

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Bayer bolsters digital farming through acquisition of software provider proPlant


IT products help farmers further optimize resource deployment

Monheim, February 15, 2016 - Bayer has acquired the plant health diagnosis and infection level warning service provider proPlant Gesellschaft für Agrar- und Umweltinformatik mbH. The acquisition continues the expansion of Bayer's activities in the field of agricultural digitalization. The company based in Münster in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, was originally established as a spin-off by employees of the Institute for Geoinformatics at Münster University. It will operate as Bayer Digital Farming GmbH in the future.

"The acquisition of proPlant will extend our technology platform, on the basis of which we are developing new digital solutions for sustainable, resource-efficient agricultural production," said Liam Condon, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and head of the Crop Science Division. "Digitalization can give farmers timely, field-specific information, from selecting the right crop varieties and finding the right fertilizer dose as accurately as possible through to determining the ideal time for crop protection measures and recognizing plant stress factors at an early stage," he explained.

Bayer Digital Farming GmbH develops and markets IT solutions for the European agricultural sector. In particular, the company markets optimization solutions for plant protection applications for almost all major arable crops. The Managing Director of Bayer Digital Farming GmbH is Andree-Georg Girg, most recently global Crop Manager Oilseeds at Bayer. Financial details were not disclosed.

To continue some existing activities of proPlant that are not relevant for Bayer, a new company has been established by its partners operating under the name proPlant Agrar- und Umweltinformatik GmbH. Thomas Volk has been appointed Managing Director of this company.

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Digital Farming at Bayer


Bayer provides farmers all over the world with practical decision-making aids based on the precise evaluation and combination of diverse data such as weather data or topographic maps. Using these individualized recommendations, farmers can optimize their business management and lower costs, leading not only to higher yields and therefore an improved income but also more efficient and environmentally compatible deployment of resources. Bayer plans to strengthen its activities in the future market of digital farming through further strategic investments, and is committed to long-term research and development collaborations with leading technology providers.

Satellite images for optimized management of specific sub-plots


Arable land can vary considerably even within one and the same parcel of land, depending on the topography, type of soil and soil-related supply of water and nutrients to the plants, all of which have repercussions for their biomass.

Last year, in view of this situation, Bayer acquired the Zoner geoinformation system from IntelMax, Calgary, Canada (https://zoner.bayer.com) to be able to give farmers specific recommendations for action for individual sub-plots. The transaction means that, in addition to agricultural IT specialists, Bayer now also has innovative software that can be used for the evaluation and graphic representation of the satellite images of selected agricultural areas in Canada, the United States, Brazil, France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia taken over a 30-year period.

Bayer translates these basic data into practice-relevant and usable decision-making tools which farmers can employ for soil management and to plan and efficiently organize their use of seed varieties and crop protection products. The individualized recommendations can be transmitted directly to the farmer's agricultural machinery. As such, geoinformation systems play an important role in sustainable agriculture. Bayer plans to offer its customers further digital services in future in order to drive forward the digitalization of farming and sustainable agriculture.



Bayer: Science For A Better Life


Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2014, the Group employed around 119,000 people and had sales of EUR 42.2 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.5 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 3.6 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015. For more information, go to www.bayer.com