Approximately 307 000 farmers work in the fields of Australia's 134 000 farms.
Farmers are out in the field every day to sustain a wider industry that employs over a million other Australians, and which feeds Australia and the world.
Bayer's broad range of research and innovation ultimately comes down to where we need it most - in the field. It is essential for us to support farmers all over Australia.
90% of Australian farms are sole proprietor or family owned.
Farming has always been largely a family enterprise in Australia, often with several generations working together and sharing their knowledge.
The future of farming is a high priority for Bayer Crop Science - a key aspect of our sustainability work focuses on engaging younger generations in agriculture.
A year's worth of orange juice for one person equates to 1092 oranges!
The best way to start the day is with a freshly squeezed orange juice. If you drank three oranges worth of juice every day, you'd need over a tonne for the year!
To ensure the continued supply of Australian OJ, Bayer's work with citrus crops has led to the development of ®Movento, one of the most innovative insecticides of recent years.
The average Aussie consumes 105 litres of milk per year!
Tea, coffee, cereal and many more daily food routines just wouldn't be the same without milk. 39 000 dairy farmers and 1.74 million cows make this possible.
Dairy cows need high quality feed in order to produce the best possible milk. Crop protection ensures that Australian animals are also well looked after.
Aussie farmers provide 93% of Australia's domestic food supply!
The average Australian farmer produces enough food for 600 people. Not only does this feed 150 at home in Australia, it also provides for 450 people overseas.
Bayer is constantly working on new ways to maximise this productivity and provide sustainable crop protection.
The Agriculture industry creates 1.6 million jobs within the Australian economy.
Australia's agriculture industry is one of the most self-sufficient in the world, providing employment in farming, the agricultural supply chain, and the affiliated food and fibre industries.
Bayer partners with a number of other organisations to support not only farming but agricultural research, supply, and other associated industries.
Most Australians will consume 13.6kgs of cheese in a year!
Cheese is the largest sector of Australia's commercial dairy production. Cows' milk predominates, but with a decent look in for goats as well.
Good quality pastures are essential for the best dairy production, and weed management is a part of ensuring quality.
Australia's total yearly food waste is an estimated 4,000,000 tonnes.
The approximate value of this wasted food is a total of $8 billion. Making the most of our resources is the responsibility of the consumer as well as the producer.
More efficient consumption of resources is vital to world food security.
1 apple has 10 times the antioxidants of goji berry juice!
The humble apple is in fact one of the original superfoods - which is why we say 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away!'
The apples themselves need to be healthy in order to provide these antioxidants, and Bayer's crop protection products include several which are well suited to orchards.
Bananas are the most popular items in Australian supermarkets!
Bananas are not only the most popular fruit but also the highest selling single product in Australian supermarkets. Aussies eat a total of approximately 5 million bananas a day.
The Australian banana industry is one of the world's most robust - all fresh bananas on sale in the country are Aussie grown.
60% of Aussie children learn about agriculture through visiting farms and interacting with farmers.
Educating children about the importance of agriculture is vital to a sustainable future. School programs and agriculture-related activities are a great way to engage Aussie kids.
Bayer, in partnership with CSIRO, is a proud sponsor of the Sustainable Futures educational program.
Only 5% of Aussie kids are getting the veggies they need!
Five daily servings of vegetables are recommended as part of a healthy diet, especially for children.
Australia is fortunate enough to have the resources to nourish every child - so it's important that we make the most of this.
61% of Australia's 7, 617, 930 square kilometres is used for agricultural production.
Australian agriculture not only provides the vast majority of domestic food supply, but also feeds more than 40 million people overseas.
If Australia is going to continue providing for all of its citizens, and contributing to future world food security, maximum productivity is vital. Bayer's research in environmental science aims to meet this challenge.
In less than 200 years, Australia's annual cotton crop grew from three bags in 1830 to a record 5.3 million bales in 2011/12!
Innovation in technology and crop science has facilitated enormous progress in crop production in less than two centuries.
Research and innovation in agriculture must continue to keep up with growing populations and demand.
30-40% of Australia's annual barley crop goes into making beer!
One of the major uses of Australian barley is the production of malt. This malt is then used to make beer, going from field to pub all over Australia and the world!
To ensure the high standard of our barley and, by extension, the nation's favourite beverage, weed management is absolutely essential. That's where Bayer can help!
There are more than 100 different wine-making grape varieties grown in Australia!
There are sixty wine growing regions in Australia, which produce over a million tonnes of grapes per year.
Bayer is proud to be the major sponsor of the ASVO Viticulturist of the Year award, supporting those who make Australia's viticulture industry one of the best in the world.
You could make 63.4 million pairs of jeans with Australia's 2015 cotton crop!
In 2015, Australia produced an estimated 1.9 million bales of cotton. A single bale could make 215 pairs of jeans, or 4300 pairs of socks!
Cotton production in Australia accounts for just 1500 of 134 000 farms, so ensuring efficient use of land and protecting cotton quality is a priority.
Australia needs more than 2000 Agriculture graduates per year!
In order to take on a larger role in world food security, Australia is going to need at least 2000 graduates every year across the many agriculture-related fields of study.
Bayer's work requires collaboration between farmers, agronomists, marketers, legislators and financiers (to name just a few) across the agricultural sector.