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DripByDrip: Joint project to develop new tools for crop protection using drip irrigation

Bayer, Netafim and BGN Technologies join forces in a research project that combines soil research, digital prediction tools and state-of-the art drip technology by Netafim to develop best practices for using drip irrigation as a delivery system for the Bayer nematicide Velum Prime in Israel.

Lately, social acceptance of the use of chemical crop protection products became limited, which resulted in political pressure and the loss of certain products.

Since crop protection is an important measure for preserving crop yields, growers are now seeking sustainable agricultural solutions. In 2017, Bayer and Netafim addressed this challenge with a solution named DripByDrip.

The concept uses Netafim’s drip irrigation systems to deliver Bayer’s chemical and biological crop protection products. DripByDrip applies the active substances precisely to the plant, resulting in higher efficacy, the need for less crop protection compound and lower environmental impact.

The joint research collaboration aims to further develop DripByDrip. Under the collaboration, comprehensive data sets will be generated experimentally to calibrate digital prediction models for optimized application of crop protection compounds via drip irrigation.

Read the full report by Hugo Claver on Future Farming

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