Wheat In Europe

Preserving biodiversity by combining Ideltis hybrid wheat, crop protection and digital tools in Europe 

R&D for agricultural innovations

Cereals are grown on one third of agricultural land in Europe, based on estimates from the European Parliamentary Research Service. Wheat alone represents 20% of global calories and 20% of global protein intake according to the FAO. To meet the needs of a growing global population, wheat farmers need to increase their yield by 1.7% annually for the next 20 years. This increase should come from gains in productivity to use limited land resources efficiently. BASF contributes to this by researching combinations of its offering that optimize agricultural outcomes and sustainability. Ideltis hybrid wheat will be launched in the second half of the decade. It will be supported by xarvio® Digital Farming Solutions for optimized seeding recommendations through zone-specific field data analysis and precise application of sustainable crop protection innovations, like Revysol® fungicide, Axalion insecticide and Luximo® herbicide. Revysol® alone can result in 4% less land needed for the same yield, representing an area twice the size of the state of Luxembourg. It thus allows farmers to maximize wheat yields while reducing the need to convert more natural habitat to farmland, supporting biodiversity and reduced CO2 emissions. Innovations in Revysol® formulation enable farmers to reduce the amount of fungicide applied, further lowering the CO2 output. 

“Boosting wheat crop yields using environmentally friendly practices is essential to providing affordable food, reversing biodiversity loss and reaching the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming,” said Gustavo Palerosi Carneiro, Senior Vice President of BASF Agricultural Solutions EMEA & CIS. “That is what we aim for with our holistic approach to wheat production in Europe.”  

Patrice Sainsard, wheat farmer from France, is counting on these connected innovations to improve wheat yield: “I am confronted with more and more difficult weather conditions over the last years. It is challenging to achieve a decent yield, but we need to have greater and more stable yields in wheat to meet nutritional needs of a growing population – with new restrictions through the European Green Deal, basically we need to do more with less.”