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For those who
love the land

Bayer Biologics, soil health & giving back to the land

21st century agriculture is a sophisticated biological production system to supply the food and fibre needs of a growing human population. With increasing demands on the land to produce more from less, a deeper understanding of the complexity of micro-biological systems in soils has evolved.

For those who love the land

For 85 years we’ve shared your passion and pride in the land. And today, like you, we recognise the future of Australia’s agricultural industry depends on both the wellbeing of the whole rural community, and the transition to truly sustainable farming practices; we know we must work with nature to bring out its very best.

At the same time, we also recognise the ever-growing and ever-changing challenges you face as a business. And that’s why we’re introducing Bayer Biologics, an entirely new category of crop management, derived from natural materials such as plants, fungi, and minerals, or in the case of Bayer’s new Serenade® Prime, beneficial bacteria.

And after two years of extensive, rigorous trials across the country, the benefits are clear; exceptional crops and a better life for all.

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  • In the Field

  • Our Approach

What is Beneficial Bacteria?

There are many different types of beneficial bacteria present in most soils providing a diverse range of benefits to plants and soil. One group of beneficial bacteria help to build a biological interface between the soil environment and plant root systems.

In most soils there are many species of fungi and bacteria. Some are beneficial, some benign and other antagonistic to crop growth. There is one genus of bacteria which is represented by many strains of one species in particular, Bacillus subtilis. This Bacillus subtilis species is generally beneficial to the function of the root soil interface in crop plants but different strains have different capabilities. Bayer has screened thousands of strains of Bacillus subtilis bacteria since the late 90’s and identified and developed one highly active strain QST 713 for use in horticulture and agriculture. This strain was selected because of its extreme speed of colonisation of roots and because of its superior ability to provide plants with increased access to soil resources.

Serenade® Prime

In each container of Serenade Prime there is a guaranteed quantity of viable spores of the highly active QST 713 strain of Bacillus subtilis in an easy-to-use liquid suspension concentrate formulation.

After germination these beneficial bacteria live on plant root surfaces and in the soil around the plant root systems in a zone called the rhizosphere. In the rhizosphere, plants and bacteria can develop a mutually beneficial relationship under suitable conditions. When the interactions between the bacteria, the plants and the soil are balanced, both the plants and the bacterial populations in this zone function at a higher level as a result. When plants and beneficial bacteria are functioning in harmony in the rhizosphere, resources required for growth such as nutrients and water become more available through the mutually beneficial plant/bacteria relationship.

It is important to understand that it is only as a result of interactions within the rhizosphere that the benefit to plants becomes available. Serenade Prime does not directly provide improved plant growth – it is only when there is an active interface between soils, plant roots, the highly active strain QST 713 bacteria and some of the exudate biochemicals from the roots that benefits of higher functioning plants/crops becomes accessible.

Bayer Biologics & Crop Trials in Australia

In the past 3-4 years many precision trials have been conducted by Bayer’s Development Scientists in Australia. More recently in 2015 and 2016 a series of larger scale field trials have been conducted with some of the most innovative horticultural farming operations in Australia. These evaluations have generally involved applications through commercial equipment in commercial crops. Assessment of these trials has been thorough and results generally very consistent. Benefits have been evident in production levels (i.e. yields) but most significant has been the improvements to quality, uniformity and vigour of the crops and resulting produce.

In recent Bayer Biologics crop trials, tomatoes, carrots, green beans, lettuce and baby leaf vegetables have benefited from incorporating Serenade Prime as part of an integrated crop production system. Here’s how some growers have integrated biological products and methods into their farming systems.

Focussing on Soil Health

Bayer is developing the biologics and soil health approach in agriculture as part of a broader global adoption of sustainable approaches in life science solutions. This direction is entirely compatible with years of advances in tillage and cover crop agronomy, soil carbon initiatives, composting, integrated pest management and integrated crop management, and more recently precision agriculture.

Bayer Biologics is a complementary approach to existing integrated crop management and soil health solutions. Biologics, together with other sustainable soil health practices such as composting and tillage can help enhance farming systems and contribute to better crop vigour, yield and quality.

How is Serenade Prime Different?

Serenade Prime has been researched and developed over many years, and has been optimised based on an understanding of how beneficial bacteria interact with plant roots and the surrounding soil resources. Most importantly, it was realised very early that not all strains of Bacillus subtilis perform the same.

Serenade Prime is unique in three key ways:
1.It is based on the consistently high-performing and robust QST 713 strain of bacteria Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713.
2.Many years of Research and Development has identified the most optimised formulation for superior root colonisation and amelioration of soil resources.
3.Rigorous process and quality assurance standards during manufacturing ensure reproducibility of the highest quality product, year in and year out.

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Using Serenade® Prime delivers soil health benefits and better quality for Hauser Farms

Soil health is very important to Hauser Farms to extend their 50 years of farming, long into the future and Serenade Prime is part of that plan.
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Better plant health starts below the ground with Serenade® Prime

Healthy plants below the ground deliver better quality produce in the shed with Serenade Prime at Hauser Farms.
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Serenade® Prime delivers less waste and higher efficiency for Hauser Farms

Small changes in process have delivered big results in plant health, better quality produce and streamlined packing for Kerry Hauser across his potato, carrot, beans and pumpkins crops.
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Serenade® Prime - Improving Soil Health in Vegetable Production

Jamie Jurgens of Jurgen’s Produce talks about vegetable production and the changes he has made to make his business more sustainable. In particular, Jamie discusses the challenges of improving soil health and the use of biological solutions such as Serenade Prime in his program.
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Bayer Biologics and Regenerative Farming at Piccadilly Park

Rex Harris of Piccadilly Park talks about his macadamia growing operation and the changes he has made to make his business more sustainable. In particular, he talks about cover cropping, composting and the use of biological solutions in his program.
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Introducing Bayer's new biofungicide - Serenade® Opti

Dr Denise Manker and Bayer’s Business Development Manager, Hugh Armstrong introduce Serenade Opti, the exciting new biofungicide for the control of botrytis in grapes and strawberries and suppression of Xanthomas (bacterial spot) in tomatoes, capsicums and chillies.
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Virtual tour of Bayer’s West Sacramento Site

Hear from Bayer Biologics research team in West Sacramento, California as they focus on understanding the complex relationships between plants and beneficial microbes to enable the development of products to complement growers existing farm management programs.
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Houston's Farm Biologics Testimonial

For over 20 years, Houston’s Farms have been growing a number of lettuce and herb varieties. Today, they primarily harvest and process baby lettuce into ready-to-eat salad products, delivering over 40,000 cartons across Australia every week. 
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Bayer Biologics: Moon Rocks Farm

In this video David Moon discusses why soil health is such an important element for delivering quality produce and how Serenade® Prime plays a role in his production systems.
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Bayer Biologics - Macadamias Australia

Since the family business was founded in 1957 by Ron and Marion Steinhardt Macadamias Australia has grown to be one of Australia’s largest single variety plantations.
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Bayer Biologics - Simpsons Farm

Ron and Fay Simpson started Simpson Farms in 1969 as a tomato and sugar cane farm near Bundaberg. They rapidly expanded their operation and in the late 1980s developed Goodwood Plantation, which grew into Australia’s largest single avocado orchard and associated packing facility.
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Serenade® Prime - How to apply (tree crops)

Business Development Manager Tim O’Grady explains how to correctly apply Serenade Prime to tree roots.
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Serenade® Prime - How to apply to vegetable crops

Bayer's Business Development Manager, Tim O'Grady provides information about applying Serenade Prime to vegetable crops.
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Bayer Biologics - Prospect Agriculture

Chris Monsour, director of Prospect Agriculture talks about soil health and the importance of soil biology, his involvement in recent research on soil health and his experience with Serenade Prime.
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Bayer Biologics For Those That Love The Land

Because it's your land and you love it too.
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Bayer Biologics Kalfresh Vegetables

Robert Hinrichsen from Kalfresh Vegetables talks about his farm, changes in farming and his experience with Serenade.
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Bayer Biologics VeeJay's Tomatoes

Jamie Jurgens of VeeJay's Tomatoes talks about sustainable farming, soil health and his experiences with Serenade Prime.
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Bayer Biologics Covino Farms

Peter Covino of Covino Farms talks about his farming operation, biological growing and his experiences with Serenade Prime.