The Bayer Crop Science Biologics and Vegetable Seeds businesses have received a boost with the opening of the $12 million, five-acre West Sacramento, California, greenhouse site.
“Innovation requires sustained and ongoing investments,” Bayer CropScience President and CEO Jim Blome said. “These state-of-the-art facilities illustrate our continued commitment to developing new innovative products for growers to help them on their farms by improving the overall sustainability and productivity of modern agriculture.”
The project includes two greenhouses strategically located near Bayer’s research facility, and the Vegetable Seeds research team will use one of the greenhouses to research vegetable seed trait attributes. Crop efficiency, disease and insect management will be studied by the Biologics Research and Development team in the second high-tech greenhouse with an ability to provide up to 3,400 plants for researchers per week.
“We are excited to build on our capacity for innovation here in West Sacramento, where agricultural technology and world-class universities are all within reach,” Jon Margolis, vice president of Biologics Research for Bayer’s Crop Science division and West Sacramento site leader, said. “The products emerging from our research in West Sacramento will ultimately help farmers around the world grow more productive crops. These advancements will allow us to significantly and positively affect farming on a global scale and help feed a growing world population.”
Bayer’s West Sacramento Greenhouse is part of a wider investment in capital expenditures in the U.S between 2013 and 2016 of almost $1 billion to develop and expand Bayer’s crop protection production line.