Bayer + Modern, Sustainable Agriculture
You’ve chosen broadacre, which includes crops such as canola, wheat and barley.
Wheat is one of the most important staples in the world, offering a high content of protein and fibre and consisting mainly of carbohydrates in the form of starch. It also contains more minerals and trace elements, such as phosphorus, selenium, magnesium, zinc and manganese, than any other staple food. These are vital to maintaining a healthy diet.
Globally, wheat is planted on approximately 217 million hectares of land, more than any other crop. Just one hectare of wheat can supply enough flour to make 9,250 loaves of bread. Despite the large yields, the demand for wheat is constantly rising, resulting in a constant short supply of the crop.
Just 43% of globally produced cereal crops are used for food, with the rest being used as animal feed, biofuels or for other purposes such as bioplastics or industrial production.
- Agrilution, a company based in Munich, utilises a method that uses up to 95% less water and 60% less fertiliser than conventional farming.
- In a 2,300 square metre vertical farm in Japan, formerly the largest in the world, 10,000 heads of lettuce are harvested per day. This is approximately 100 times the volume that could be produced on a similar-sized piece of land that has been farmed conventionally.
- Singaporean company Comcrop runs a 557 square metre rooftop farm that can produce up to 10 times more food than a horizontal farm of the same size.
- U.S. – 117.8 hectares
- South America – 74.4 hectares
- Europe – 12.4 hectares
- Africa – 2.2 hectares
- Asia – 1.0 hectare
- Rice – 60%
- Wheat – 25%
- Corn – 50%
- Soybeans – 40%
- Potatoes – 50%
- Higher yields
- Better crop uniformity
- Improved harvest crop quality
- Improved shelf life