Identifying new solutions to address challenges in agriculture
Sponsored by Bayer
When you think of Bayer, you might first think of things like its Aspirin or Claritin products. Bayer is a global enterprise that addresses some of the world’s most pressing global challenges and works to develop new solutions – from better medicines to high-quality food supply.
Bayer’s operations in Hawaii are solely focused on crop science. Today, the agriculture industry is facing many challenges globally, especially in Hawaii. As we face changing climate, limited natural resources and a growing population, there has never been a greater need for innovation in agriculture. Science innovations and advancements in digital tools are helping Bayer farmers to identify new solutions to address challenges, all while using less natural resources.
Bayer takes its role as a new leader in agriculture very seriously. The company recently announced its goal to reduce its environmental impact by 30 percent by 2030, by developing new technologies, scaling down crop protection volumes, and enabling more precise application.
While its name might be new, Bayer has been a part of the local agriculture community in Hawaii for more than 50 years. It believes in sustainable agriculture and has implemented many programs and stewardship practices over the years that not only ensure they maintain healthy and sustainable farms, but also protect Hawaii’s natural resources.
Wildlife conservation is critical to the health and stability of our ecosystems and as part of our island community and stewards of the land, Bayer takes this responsibility seriously. It has implemented sustainable conservation practices in an effort to create and maintain flourishing wildlife habitat on all of its farms across the state. This includes efforts to cultivate and protect native species like the yellow hibiscus.
Advancements in digital tools are helping to collect data in real-time to address challenges, like water stresses. In 2014, Bayer established a goal to increase irrigation water application efficiency by 25 percent by 2020. Having implemented advanced irrigation management techniques across all of its farms on Oahu, Maui and Molokai, Bayer is proud to announce that it has surpassed its goal.
Bayer Hawaii also uses a wide range of tools and methods to care for its crops and farms for the long term. One of those methods is Integrated Pest Management (IPM).