Bayer CropScience helped children and parents learn more about farming and how crop protection products are vital in protecting our food crops during an Open Farm Sunday event in Cambridgeshire on 17 June.
This year, 335 farms from around the country opened their gates for the annual Open Farm Sunday day, which allows the general public to discover the story behind their food.
And for the first time Bayer CropScience was involved, joining Andrew Nottage, farm manager at Russell Smith Farms, Duxford at his event.
Around 2000 visitors flocked to the farm, says Paul Goddard, stewardship manager for Bayer CropScience, who joined Andy Blant, farm manager at Bayer’s Chishill Farm research station, in talking to the public about crop production.
“We took some display material covering the increase in world population and showing we only have 3% of the Earth’s surface available to grow crops,” Paul says. “And we explained how we could lose over 50% of what we could potentially produce to weeds, pests, disease and storage problems without crop protection products.”
Visitors were also given bug viewers, slug monitoring discs, pens and wallets to take away.
“It was a great experience,” says Andy. “We received a positive response from most visitors and it is definitely something worth doing again.”