Crop Protection

Innovation to Help Farmers Protect Their Harvests

Wheat Field
Weeds rob plants of water, sunlight and nutrients, while harmful insects and diseases can devastate crops, threating food production.

Growers have always relied on a host of tools to fight these ever-present threats that account for up to 30 percent of the world's annual crop loss. Without the use of reliable crop protection solutions, those losses could be much higher – and threaten the stability of the world's food supply.


With a 100+ year history of groundbreaking science and invention, Bayer has long stood at the forefront of agricultural innovation. Today, we proudly supply a broad range of tailored crop protection solutions to farmers worldwide to help them manage their fields and maximize yields across seasons, crops, geographies and circumstances. 

Crop Protection by Numbers

The benefits of crop protection are tangible and measurable: crop protection safeguards around 30 percent of yields worldwide – that’s 550 million tons, or the equivalent of food for more than 2 billion people.

The crop protection toolbox

There is no singular approach to crop protection. Farmers today use a diverse set of tools to protect their crops, including state-of-the-art chemistry-based and biological products, advanced seeds and traits, data-driven field insights and precision application technologies. While these tools are individually powerful, they become even more so when they’re combined in ways that meet farmers’ specific needs and circumstances. This tailored solutions approach can enhance farmer productivity while minimizing the environmental impact of agriculture


Crop protection chemistry is central to this approach and Bayer’s industry-leading portfolio of crop protection products which spans all indications – herbicides, fungicides and insecticides – is underpinned by one principle: the urgent farmer need for effective tools to help them combat threats to their crops and maximize productivity – all while reducing their environmental footprint.


However, the need to find solutions to new, shifting challenges in global agriculture has never been so pressing.  Climate change, evolving resistance to existing solutions and increasing societal expectations about the food we eat and the health of our planet, is driving Bayer to invest and innovate in its industry-leading crop protection pipeline to ensure farmers are able to feed, fuel and clothe the world tomorrow.

The Future of Crop Protection

The convergence of advances in the life sciences, new digital technologies and data science is enabling us to fundamentally transform innovation in crop protection to ensure farmers can continue to respond quickly and safely to threats to their crops in the long-term. 

Using target based and profile driven discovery, we are today designing entirely new crop protection chemistry-based solutions that reach new levels in precision, safety, sustainability and efficacy.

We call this approach CropKey.

With CropKey, Bayer is leading the way in creating along-awaited crop protection solutions to protect farmers, their crops, food security and the planet.


Learn more about how Bayer is Unlocking the Future of Sustainable Protection


Insect Management

Protecting crops from damaging insects

Growers' race to protect crops from harmful insects is a marathon, not a sprint. Integrated pest management is a strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests and the damage they wreak through a combination of techniques such as crop scouting, crop rotation, chemical and biological control, habitat management, and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and resistant crop varieties.


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Solutions tailored to farmers’ specific needs

At Bayer, we believe that innovation across the agricultural spectrum will be critical to helping farmers worldwide grow better and protect our planet for future generations. We are committed to driving innovation forward and delivering tailored solutions to customers large and small that will help them sustainably manage their farms and resources while improving productivity. As a leader in agricultural science and technology, we take this challenge seriously, and seek every opportunity to bring our expertise in breeding, biotechnology, chemistry, biologicals, and data science to bear to unlock new opportunities and solutions to some of our planet’s toughest challenges.


Together, we aim to shape the future of agriculture for the better and do our part to enable Health For All, Hunger For None.