Bayer Hawaii understands the importance of preserving and protecting our island home and we are dedicated to being a good steward of our land. That’s why Bayer Hawaii is committed to conserving natural resources, operating our farms and facilities safely and minimizing the environmental impact of our farming practices.
New Standards in Sustainability
We want to set new standards in sustainability — both here in Hawaii and around the world — by delivering world-class innovation and driving the digital transformation in agriculture to protect our land and resources. We take our responsibilities as a leader in innovation seriously, and our goal is to significantly cut the ecological footprint of our agricultural portfolio by 30 percent by 2030.
We utilize a drip irrigation method to produce crops.
This method delivers water directly to the plant root zone and reduces the amount of fertilizer needed to produce the crop. We’ve found that this method saves more than eleven million gallons of water per year and uses 60 percent less nitrogen.
We consult with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service about our soil and water conservation efforts and all our farms have approved conservation plans in place to preserve water and soil.
Our Pi`ilani farm on Maui uses only recycled R1 water from the municipal waste system for all irrigation and non-potable water needs. R1 water is defined as “tertiary treated recycled water that can be used without restriction.” R1 water is a more eco-friendly alternative to using thousands of gallons of freshwater daily.
We have practices in place to ensure that the soil we farm remains healthy and productive. Some of the things we do to help prevent soil loss include cross slope grass plantings, diversion terraces, cover crops, grass barrier strips, windbreaks, spraying water on dirt roads, laying gravel on high traffic roads and halting all tillage activities under excessive wind conditions.
We are working to incorporate strip-tilling, a soil management practice that reduces the number of passes a tractor needs to make across a field in order to prepare an area for planting.
In an effort to protect honey bees and other pollinators, Bayer’s pesticide applicators have been trained to observe and help protect bee populations at all of our farms in Hawaii, and take into consideration the behavior and habitats of bee populations in our daily operations.
Modern Agriculture on HI News Now
Bayer is proud to be one of the largest contributors to Hawaii’s agriculture industry, with farms on O`ahu, Maui and Molokai.
Today, the agriculture industry is facing many challenges globally, and especially in Hawaii. Science innovations and advancements in digital tools are helping us to identify new solutions to help farmers address challenges, all while using fewer natural resources. Some of these challenges include food production, labor shortage, water stresses, pest control, and plant diseases, just to name a few.
We have teamed up with Hawaii News Now to show you how we are addressing these challenges here at Bayer Hawaii.