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 Hi Now/Hawaii News Now to show you how we are addressing these challenges here at Bayer Hawaii.
Supporting the next generation of Hawaii innovators
As agriculture continues to face many challenges including food production needs, water stresses, pest problems and more, Bayer is committed to fostering the next generation of innovators and farmers by supporting education programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Wahine 2 Wahine Network empowers women in agriculture
More than one million women represent 35% of all farmers in America. In Hawaii, they account for about 42% of the islands’ farmers. Bayer’s Wahine 2 Wahine (W2W) Network is a diverse group of women from the islands of Maui, Molokai and Oahu who strive to empower women to embrace and share the essential connection between agriculture, food and family.
Why Molokai Sweet Corn is so popular
Molokai’s Sweet Corn Fundraiser is extremely popular and is one of the largest fundraisers in the community on Molokai. While sweet corn is not part of Bayer’s usual commercial crop, the company recognizes the nature of rural communities and plants sweet corn specifically for the community.
Farmer Profile: Kamiya Papaya
At Bayer we have so much respect for Hawaii’s farmers, they are hardworking, innovative, resourceful and downright AMAZING! Please check out this wonderful profile on Kamiya Papaya!
Maui shadehouses, screenhouses
Shadehouses and screenhouses are used to protect plants as much as possible during its biological lifecycle and control growing conditions by reducing insect pressure, increasing growing degree units, and controlling irrigation. On Bayer Hawaii’s Maui Farm, there there are both shadehouses and three screenhouses. The shadehouse was built about 10 years ago, and it is where Bayer starts all its seedlings before being transplanted into either the field or screenhouses.
Bayer in Hawaii
While its name might be new, Bayer has been a part of the local agriculture community in Hawaii for more than 50 years.
Integrated Pest Management
Bayer Hawaii uses a wide range of tools and methods to care for its crops and farms for the long term. One of those methods is Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is a long-term system that tries to control and prevent pest impacts in crops. The system of integrated pest management follows the same ideas if you were to use it in your house or yard.
Water automation technology
Science innovations and advancements in digital tools are helping farmers work more sustainably and become better stewards of the earth’s natural resources. Through Bayer’s water automation and conservation practices, the company is able to do just that.
Bayer Honey Bee Program
Honey bees may be small, but they have a big job. They are responsible for pollinating the widest range of crops of all pollinator species. In fact, the honey bee is responsible for pollinating one-third of the world’s crops, including the fruits, vegetables and nuts we enjoy every day. The impact that this tiny creature has on farming and our food system is invaluable. Lead Entomologist with Bayer, Krishna Bayyareddy, and seed technician Zachary Solarte share with HI Now some of the challenges they face every day in the agriculture fields of Hawaii.