November 20, 2018


Bayer's Intacta RR2-PRO™ soybeans lead to reduced gas emissions



A new soybean variety developed by Bayer has been found to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as almost 7 billion kilogrammes.


Intacta RR2 PRO™ soybeans planted in South America were peer-reviewed over a five-year period, and results showed this technology from the German chemical and pharmaceutical firm helps farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact, a news release from Bayer said.


Since 2013, farmers have planted Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans across Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Farmers were able to adopt more sustainable practices like reduced- and no-till farming through more efficient use of herbicides and insecticides, thus lowering fossil fuel use and facilitating more carbon being retained in the soil. This resulted in a 6.8-billion-kilogramme reduction in carbon emissions, equivalent to removing 3.3 million family cars from the road, Bayer said.


"This study shows that with modern agriculture innovations like Intacta soybean technology, farmers can grow more without having to use additional land," said Mark Kidnie, South American Corn & Soy Technology Lead for the Crop Science Division of Bayer.


"By growing Intacta soybeans, farmers spend less time in the tractor applying crop protection products or tilling their fields, resulting in important environmental benefits."


The study saw a 30.6% reduction in environmental impact, thanks to a 10.4-million-kilogramme reduction in insecticide and herbicide usage, as measured by the globally recognised Environmental Impact Quotient.


This reduction also contributed to the conservation of more than 200 million litres of water, the equivalent of 80 Olympic-size swimming pools.


In addition, second-generation insect-protected soybeans will provide protection against an expanded spectrum of insect pests including armyworm and podworm, enabling further efficient use of herbicides and insecticides, Bayer said.


A field of Intacta RR2-PRO™-soybeans in Mato Grosso, Brazil         BAYER PHOTO