Bayer buys German plant software firm

Chemicals giant Bayer is buying Germany-based software company proPlant Gesellschaft fur Agrar- and Umweltinformatik mbH for an undisclosed sum. The company, a spin-off by employees of the the Institute for Geoinformatics at Munster University, is a player in the rapidly growing field (no pun intended) of digital farming, specifically optimizing the deployment of resources. Its software helps farmers select the right crop varieties and fertilizer dose as well as the ideal time for crop protection measures by recognizing plant stress factors at an early stage.