BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 7, 2012)—Too hot, too dry, too wet, too cool; this growing season has had it
all. As expected, drought and weather-related problems were top-of-mind for growers surveyed at
the Bayer CropScience exhibit during the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa last week.
In fact, 73 percent of respondents to Bayer CropScience’s daily survey noted climate and weather
problems as the biggest challenge experienced on their farm this year.
? Weed resistance ranked second in terms of challenges this year, with 18 percent of
growers reporting this to be of significant concern on their farms.
? Disease prevention (4 percent), finances (3 percent) and people resources (2 percent)
rounded out the biggest challenges survey participants faced this year.
Growers don’t seem to expect this season’s weather issues to fade either, with 26 percent of
farmers surveyed saying that climate change is the biggest challenge to the future of farming.
The grower survey was part of Bayer CropScience's new trade show exhibit that was unveiled in
Boone. The exhibit—One World to Grow On—featured a holistic approach to help growers identify
ways to establish a healthy harvest which is vital to farming families and thier communities, not
only next season but for years to come.
“These daily surveys offered Bayer CropScience another opportunity to reach out to growers and
learn more about what’s going on on their farm, and how we can help them find solutions to meet
their changing needs,” says David Hollinrake, vice president of Agricultural Commercial
Operations marketing for Bayer CropScience. “Bayer CropScience is committed to working together with farmers to develop answers to issues like how to increase agricultural productivity,
protect resources and ensure healthy harvests."
Population growth and food supply were also cited as leading concerns, with 37 percent of
growers surveyed ranking them as the biggest challenges facing farming’s future. A talent gap (16
percent), energy and renewable fuels (11 percent), and consumers' negative perception of the
technolgy needed to feed a hungry world (11 percent) were also cited as major future challenges
Finally, growers were also surveyed on what one thing they wished young people or non-ag
people knew about the business of farming:
? 36 percent said, “Farming isn’t easy or lucrative; it’s about love for the land, animals and
? 28 percent said, “A lot goes into maintaining a successful farm—management, distribution,
processing, accounting, construction, marketing and hard work.”
? 16 percent said, “Modern agriculture has changed considerably in the past 50 years due to
technology and population growth.”
? 11 percent said, “Just because produce isn’t at a farmers market doesn’t mean it didn’t
come from a family farm (98 percent of all farms are family owned).”
? 9 percent said, “Farmers receive training to use chemicals safely and responsibly to grow
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annual sales of EUR 7.255 billion (2011) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science
companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an
outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on
chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable
agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products
and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global
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