A five-year peer review study on Bayer’s new Intacta RR2 PRO soyabeans has shown that the product helps farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions and has an overall less negative effect on the environment, the German chemicals and pharmaceutical giant said in a press release on 15 November.

“Since 2013, farmers have planted 73.6M ha of Intacta across Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Because the soyabeans requiring less nursing, the more efficient use of herbicides and insecticides has given farmers a chance to adopt more sustainable agricultural methods such as reduced and no-till farming, resulting in less fossil fuel use and more carbon being retained in the soil,” Bayer said. “This has reduced carbon emissions by 6.8bn kg.”

“This study shows that with modern agriculture innovations like Intacta soyabean technology, farmers can grow more without having to use additional land,” said Mark Kidnie, South American Corn & Soya Technology Lead for the Crop Science Division of Bayer. “By growing Intacta soyabeans, farmers spend less time in the tractor applying crop protection products or tilling their fields, resulting in important environmental benefits.”

The study showed a 30.6% reduction in environmental impact due to a 10.M kg reduction in insecticide and herbicide usage. In addition, the product provided protection against a vast array of insect pests, Bayer said.