Bayer Learning Centers

The objectives of Bayer Learning Centers are to provide growers, dealers and agronomists with information regarding production practices and to reinforce stewardship of biotech products to enhance their sustainability.



Huxley, Iowa, Learning Center

The Huxley Learning Center focuses on education about precision agriculture concepts, equipment and applications.

About the Learning Center

Alongside the indoor tour facilities, there are 50 acres of the latest innovations in field demonstrations:

  • Corn and soybean germplasm
  • Agronomic systems

There is also a state-of-the-art computer training room and conference center with an auditorium that seats up to 120 people. The facilities support training on the latest technologies and products from Bayer and The Climate Corporation.

The site is also home to an interactive tour, taking visitors through interactions of seed science, precision equipment and data science.

  • Seed science looks at how genetics, biotech traits and agronomics contribute to bringing more food to harvest.
  • Precision equipment highlights the complexities of how farmers plant their crops. Consistent seeding rate, plant depth, good seedbed preparation, and varying the rates of seeds and inputs are all important factors to try to create the best conditions for every seed to deliver high yields.
  • Data science can be used to help farmers make better decisions on the farm. On-farm data, modeling and customized tools can provide benefits to the farmer.

Contact the Huxley Learning Center

1551 Highway 210 
Huxley, IA 50124
515-597-5900
huxley.learning.center@bayer.com

Monmouth, Illinois, Learning Center

The Bayer Learning Center located at Monmouth, Illinois, features research labs, classroom training, field training and plot tours. We work toward advanced research in corn and soybean production to better meet the needs of the farmer and consumer.

About the Learning Center

At a Glance

  • Monmouth, Illinois
  • 480-acre research farm
  • Average annual rainfall of 38 inches
  • Soil type at the site is a silt loam
  • State-of-the-art classroom facilities
  • Outreach Center

What will I see during a visit to the Learning Center?

Some of the more common research topics visitors may learn about include: weeds, insects, diseases, tillage, fertility utilization, hybrids and varieties, intensive corn and soybean management systems, plant populations, plant spatial arrangement and herbicide application. In addition to these topics, visitors will be able to view the newest Bayer technologies, which allows a look at the advanced agronomic tools scheduled to be available in the future.

Also at the Learning Center

  • Corn research and demonstrations
  • Soybean research and demonstrations
  • Weed management research and demonstrations
  • New technologies research and demonstrations
  • Acceleron® Seed Treatment products in corn and soybeans

Contact the Monmouth Learning Center

1677 80th Street
Monmouth, IL 61462
309-734-3407

Scott, Mississippi, Learning Center

The Learning Center at Scott, Mississippi, provides growers and producers the ability to tour our research and demonstration plots focused on presenting advanced agronomic studies.

About the Learning Center

At a Glance

  • Scott, Mississippi
  • 400 acres of research and demonstration plots
  • Showcases three core Bayer crops: corn, cotton and soybeans
  • Rain-fed and furrow irrigation systems
  • Soil types from rich, river-deposited silty loams to heavier clays
  • State-of-the-art classroom facilities

What will I see on a visit to the Learning Center?

Visitors to the Learning Center will see research and demonstration plots with the latest corn, cotton and soybean germplasm and technologies from Bayer from a systems perspective. While specific Bayer germplasm and traits are utilized, determining the best agronomic practices for these products is the focal point for our investigations. In addition to these studies, visitors will be able to view the newest technologies from Bayer that are currently in the development pipeline.

Also at the Learning Center

  • Corn research and demonstrations 
  • Cotton research and demonstrations 
  • Soybean research and demonstrations
  • Weed management research and demonstrations
  • New technologies research and demonstrations
  • New hybrid, varietal characteristics, and management

Research Reports and Publications

Gothenburg, Nebraska, Learning Center

Bayer Water Utilization Learning Center at Gothenburg, Nebraska, is a state-of-the-art demonstration, research and outreach facility. We offer plot tours and classroom learning opportunities that can help High Plains farmers increase yields while decreasing inputs on a per-bushel basis. A special emphasis is placed on managing water efficiently with genetic, trait and agronomic system decisions.

About the Learning Center

At a Glance

  • Gothenburg, Nebraska
  • 324-acre research farm
  • Average annual rainfall of 23 inches
  • Soil type is a silt loam

What will I see during a visit to the Learning Center?

At the Gothenburg Water Utilization Learning Center, you will see our tailored solutions approach in helping farmers manage drought: native genes selected through traditional plant breeding, the additive impact of biotech traits and the additive impact of agronomic components of the system. These three areas provide our customers with the best opportunity for a successful harvest.

Also at the Learning Center

Corn Genetics

  • History of corn demonstration
  • Diversity of the Bayer global corn germplasm
  • Short corn
  • SmartStax and future insect trait technologies

Corn Agronomic Systems

  • Planting population, row configuration, residue and irrigation management
  • Managing stress in corn

Soybean Systems Soybean traits

  • Roundup Ready 2 Xtend and XtendFlex Soybeans — breadth and depth of varieties
  • Comparison of weed control across trait platforms

Soybean Agronomic Systems

  • Managing stress in soybeans
  • Insect and disease management strategies
  • Planting population, row spacing and weed management 

Research and Demonstrations

  • A systems-based approach to help farmers manage drought
  • Water utilization over the decades
  • Water utilization of different genetic bases
  • Effects of planting population and row spacing under various irrigation regimes
  • Irrigation management options for limited well capacity, and water allocations

The Drought Management Journey

  • What decisions can farmers make to mismanage drought?
  • What decisions can farmers make in winter to effectively manage drought?
  • What decisions can farmers make in the growing season to effectively manage drought?
  • What tools will be available in the future to manage drought?
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