Key crops

Our key crops


Cereals (wheat and barley) are consumed every day in almost everyone’s life. Did you know that wheat is the world’s largest cereal crop and barley the second largest?  

Food companies, pasta makers, brewers, maltsters and others rely on them. That is why we are using technology to improve the quality and productivity of these major crops. 


wheat field italy

Cereals are the world’s largest crop by acreage, grown in over 120 countries worldwide. We are a leader in Cereals crop protection, seed treatment and seeds, and we offer compelling solutions for growers.

Our HYVIDO® hybrid barley is more resistant to disease than conventional varieties, and has more resilience in severe weather. We are now transferring this technology to hybrid wheat, expected to launch in the 2020s.



Corn, also known as maize, is unique. It provides food for humans, feed for animals, and fuel for machines. Corn is widely grown around the globe, with more tons produced each year than any other grain. Did you know one planted seed delivers over 500 kernels of corn? 

water conditions for crops

Pests, weeds, unpredictable weather – some of the challenges we help corn farmers to meet. 

Corn is our largest single crop, and we offer it in hybrid and genetically modified (GM) varieties. Normally, it takes more than 950 liters of water to grow one kilogram of corn. Our hybrid corn can better withstand drought, which reduces water use and produces higher than average yields when water is scarce.  

asian farmer holding corn cob

Diverse field crops

Vegetable oils containing unsaturated fats come from sunflower and oilseed rape, or canola, two of the most important Diverse field crops. Demand for vegetable oils has increased by over 3% per year since 2000.

This group of crops – which includes sugar beet – also provides other essentials: sugar, animal feed and biofuel.

sunflower field

Today, productivity of Diverse field crops varies widely from country to country. This is why we work to introduce new, more productive seed varieties, along with products and systems to control weeds and contain disease. 

Sunflower crops can be devastated by broomrape, a parasitic weed. We have set up a center of excellence that tracks new broomrape species, and we offer growers the only successful solution to prevent such devastation. 


sunflower farmer at work


Rice is a staple food for more than 2 billion people and provides a livelihood for almost 1 billion growers and workers.

Growers are facing three big challenges. Current improvements in productivity are not keeping pace with demand. The supply of water for this water-intensive crop is diminishing. And urbanization and industrialization are reducing the amount of land and labor available. So what is to be done?


treated vs untreated crops

We focus on Asia Pacific, where 125 million hectares of rice are grown. Productivity varies considerably so we want to reach the 300 million-plus smallholders in the region to improve their yields. 

We have developed offers that raise productivity of rice fields by up to 30%. One of our technological advances, ISABION®, is a  biostimulant that helps rice plants to withstand extreme heat and cold, meaning yields are higher.

balinese farmers in field


Soybeans are the largest source of protein in agriculture, but growers are under pressure: demand is growing at 4% per year and crops are often threatened by resistant weeds, disease and insects. Technology can help growers to meet these challenges, and we are taking a lead. 

elatus field

Crops protected against soybean rust

We focus on delivering solutions to growers to enhance Soybean yields without using more water, land or inputs.  We bring together soybean breeding, genetically modified traits, and crop protection. The result is a High Yield Soybean integrated solution, which enables farmers to be more productive and efficient.  

We have also developed a breakthrough fungicide, ELATUS TM, that protects soybeans against soybean rust, a common and costly disease. 

supermarket close-up

Speciality crops

Potatoes, cotton, fruit and plantation crops including coffee and cocoa are major Specialty crops. Together, this group comprises more than 40 types of crops grown around the world.

They are often smaller markets with limited access to new technology. So how can they benefit from innovation?


group of apple growers

To help specialty crops growers, we adapt our crop protection products and regularly introduce new formulations, or help growers make best use of existing solutions. 

In Poland, we provide apple growers with products containing fast-degrading active ingredients so their fruit complies with European regulations on minimum pesticide residues. In China, our offers help potato farmers increase yields by over 30%.  

apple planting

Sugar cane

Sugar cane produces over 80% of the world’s sugar. Demand for sugar cane is continuing to rise as consumers’ appetite for sugar grows and it is increasingly used to produce biofuels. 

In many areas, sugar cane is cultivated using traditional methods, with crops being burned. So there is plenty of scope to intensify production in a sustainable way. 


The amount of sugar cane produced from a hectare of land is, on average, 75 tonnes. With technology, this could be raised to several hundred tonnes per hectare. We are developing new crop protection protocols, as well as using our experience in genetic modification to develop new seed varieties.

Brazil is the world’s largest sugar cane producer – the country produces over 40% of the world’s sugar cane.

sugar-cane farmer


Consumers expect better and better quality vegetables and to have them available outside of their natural season. This puts pressure on retailers, food companies and farmers. 

It’s part of our role to help growers meet these needs, whether for peppers and tomatoes, melons and cucumbers, salad vegetables, brassicas or sweet corn, the 5 main categories of our Vegetables crops. 



market scene in peru

Smallholders are increasingly important as we expand in emerging markets. Our aim is to bring sustainable solutions developed for larger-scale growing to these smaller-scale farms, so that growers can increase their yields and revenues. 

Our offers include insecticides and seed treatment mixtures designed to combat the sucking pests that threaten vegetables. Our MAXVEGTM platform, for example, consistently increases production by more than 20%.


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