Taking product stewardship seriously

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Bayer SeedGrowth® supplies high-quality seed-applied solutions in combination with suitable management practices around the world. Focusing on risk mitigation, innovation, and partnerships is crucial for sustainable agriculture – to maximize yield and avoid negative impact on human health and the environment.
Seed treatment is an important tool which is accepted worldwide for sustainable agriculture. Bayer SeedGrowth has more than 100 years of unmatched experience and expertise in this field. At Bayer SeedGrowth we follow Bayer’s purpose – “Science for a better life” – and take product stewardship very seriously. “We are committed to excellence in stewardship delivered by stewardship experts and a comprehensive range of practical stewardship measures,” says Peter Ohs, Senior Global Stewardship Manager at Bayer SeedGrowth.

From in-factory solutions…

“We want to ensure the responsible and ethical management of a product throughout its life cycle, the maximization of the benefits derived from the use of our products, and the minimizing of potential risks to human health and the environment,” Peter says in summary of Bayer SeedGrowth’s stewardship efforts. Something that starts inside seed treatment facilities:
  • Certifications: foster compliance with certain safety and quality standards such as the ESTA scheme. Certification of treatment sites is essential to show the professionalism of the seed treatment industry, strengthen the confidence of authorities and civil society, and optimize seed treatment practices to support sustainable agriculture.
  • Dust reduction: increases operator safety. Our stewardship measures involve promoting the application of high-quality seed treatment products in combination with innovative coatings – all in an effort to reduce dust while also improving treatment quality, flowability, and plantability.
  • Monitoring and reporting: allow for a proactive stewardship approach. We have established processes which allow us to closely monitor the safe use of our products and to address potential risks fast and efficiently.
  • E-labeling: the Bayer way to support customers to equip every bag of treated seeds with all legally required safety phrases, independent of the products used. This ensures the highest possible degree of operator safety.

… to in-field innovation

“Our stewardship focus does not stop at the factory – we also place great efforts on supporting farmers to competently and safely sow treated seeds. All in an effort to protect humans as well as the environment,” Peter says. Examples are:
  • Deflectors: Deflectors attached to pneumatic sowing equipment ensure that at least 90 % of the dust particles released from the seeder are directed onto the soil, and not into the air. Further reducing dust emissions in this way not only minimizes the potential risk of exposure for watercourses and pollinators like honey bees, it contributes to avoiding emissions for the operator as well.
  • Fluency Agent: The use of a lubricant improves planting performance while reducing the amount of dust potentially released during planting.
  • SweepAir: Bayer specialists have developed SweepAir, a new prototype technology for minimizing dust emissions from pneumatic corn-sowing machines. It is based on an air-cleaning cyclone that reduces dust emissions by up to 99%. The next step will involve further optimization hand in hand with major machinery manufacturers.

“We follow our purpose ‘Science for a better life’ and take product stewardship very seriously.”

Peter Ohs, Senior Global Stewardship Manager at Bayer SeedGrowth
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