Merschman Seeds Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

Soybean plant
Photo by Brandon Kleinke, Iowa State University. 

AMES, Iowa — Merschman Seeds, located in Westpoint, Iowa, has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Merschman Seeds provides financial support to the center and will have a representative serving on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides guidance on research funding priorities for the center.

“My father was a founding member of the Iowa Soybean Association, so we strongly believe in the good work that the Iowa Soybean Association does to help Iowa farmers achieve profitable yields through the Iowa Soybean Research Center. It is always smart to invest in the future of the Iowa soybean farmer,” said Joe Merschman, president and CEO of Merschman Seeds, Inc.

“Merschman Seeds is a great addition to the growing list of industry partners that the center is engaged with, and we look forward to working with them,” said Greg Tylka, director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State. “We value Merschman’s support of the center to help realize our mutual goals of protecting and increasing soybean yields in Iowa.”

“The addition of Merschman Seeds as an industry partner will help to increase the collaborative efforts of the center by supporting the needs of Iowa soybean farmers through research, production and protection,” said Ed Anderson, senior director of research for the Iowa Soybean Association and chair of the Iowa Soybean Research Center’s Industry Advisory Council.

The center is a formal collaboration of industry partners, the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Together, representatives from ISA and the industry partners make up the ISRC’s Industry Advisory Council, which includes BASF, Bayer, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM, Merschman Seeds and Syngenta.

About Merschman Seeds

Merschman Seeds bases their success on putting the farmer first by offering superior seed products, best in class service, and the most innovative management practices. Merschman Seeds is an independent, family-owned seed company in West Point, Iowa. They pride themselves on selling Merschman Soybeans and Wheat and are distributors of Stine Corn and America’s Alfalfa throughout the Midwest.

About the Iowa Soybean Research Center

The Iowa Soybean Research Center was established in 2014 by Iowa State University in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association. The center was founded to increase soybean production and profitability for Iowa farmers through coordinated research efforts involving Iowa State, the Iowa Soybean Association and the private sector. More information on becoming an industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center is available by contacting center director Greg Tylka, 515-294-087 or