Seeds And Crop

To achieve the best yield, farmers have to apply different farming practices in different regions for different crops. Depending on all variables finding the most sustainable way of growing a crop can be challenging.

BASF has developed AgBalance® to support farmers to find the most sustainable way of growing their crop. For each crop the model has to be adjusted accordingly. 

Seeds And Crops And AgBalance

With AgBalance® around 30 different crops (see list below) can already be assessed on a global scale. This number is steadily increasing with new projects. For each crop, the impact of the seed production is assessed. More importantly, the yield of the crop is one of the most crucial indicators, as it determines the efficiency of the cultivation system.

The uptake of carbon and macronutrients (N, P, K) are relfected in a nutrient balance. These balances provide valuable information for farmers as well as serve as the basis to calculate the emissions through leaching. 

By-products as well as crop residues are also considered in the model and emissions resulting are reflected in the respective environmental impact category. 

Group Class Subclass
Cereals Wheat, Maize, Rice  
Sorghum Barley, Rye  
Oats, Millet, Triticale  
Buckwheat, Fonio, Quinoa  
Canary Seed, Mixed Cereals, Other Cereals  
Vegetables and Melons Leafy or Stem Vegetables e.g. Artichokes, Lettuce
Fruit bearing vegetable e.g. Cucumber, Eggplants
Root, Bulb or Tuberous Vegetables e.g. Carrots, Onion
Mushrooms and Truffles  
Melons e.g. Watermelons, Cantaloupes
Other Vegetables  
Fruits and nuts Tropical and Subtropical Fruits e.g. Avocados, Bananas
Citrus Fruits e.g. Grapefruit, Lemons
Berries e.g. Currants, Raspberries
Pome Fruits and Stone Fruits e.g. Apples, Apricot
Nuts e.g. Almonds, Cashew nuts
Other Fruits  
Oilseed Crops and Oleaginous Fruits Soya Beans  
Other temporary Oilseed Crops e.g. Castor Bean, Linseed
Permanent Oilseed Crops e.g. Coconuts, Oil Palms
Root/Tuber Crops with high starch or inulin content Potatoes  
Sweet Potatoes  
Stimulant, Spice and Aromatic Crops Stimulant Crops e.g. Coffee, Tea
Spice and Aromatic Crops Temporary and Permanent Spice and Aromatic Crops
Leguminous Crops Beans, Broad Beans  
Sugar Crops Sugar Beet, Sugar Cane  
Other Crops Grasses and other Fodder Crops  
Fiber Crops  
Medicinal, Pesticidal or similar Crops  
Flower Crops  
Other Crops  

Seeds and Crops

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