Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University welcomes new partner, Sound Agriculture

Soybeans emerging in no-till field
Soybeans emerging in no-till field. Photo by Mark Licht, Iowa State University.

AMES, Iowa — Sound Agriculture has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Sound Agriculture will serve on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides guidance on research needs and funding priorities for the center.

“As a company, we are dedicated to advancing soybean research to support farmers through science-based recommendations,” said Erin Doren, agronomist, Sound Agriculture. “By working with the Iowa Soybean Research Center, we aim to identify ways to optimize the natural plant system and improve nutrient efficiency, productivity and profitability for farmers.”

“Sound Agriculture’s innovative work with microbes and plant breeding is fascinating. Their perspectives and experiences will be extremely useful in discussions by the ISRC Industry Advisory Council about how center-funded research can help Iowa’s soybean farmers achieve higher yields. We are excited to work with this forward-thinking company,” said Greg Tylka, director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and professor of plant pathology, entomology and microbiology at Iowa State.  

Sound Agriculture will also provide financial support to the center, which will be leveraged with soybean checkoff funds from the Iowa Soybean Association to support soybean research at the university.

“We welcome Sound Agriculture as the center’s latest industry partner and look forward to gaining their valuable perspective identifying ways to enhance soybean production. Ultimately, we have a shared goal of providing robust agronomic systems and environmentally sustainable solutions to benefit Iowa’s soybean farmers and consumers,” said Christie Wiebbecke, 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 Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Soybean Association and industry partners. Together, representatives from ISA and the industry make up the ISRC’s Industry Advisory Council. Sound Agriculture is the center’s newest industry partner, joining AGCO, Albaugh, AMVAC, BASF, Bayer, Beck’s, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM, Innvictis/Simplot, Merschman Seeds, Mosaic, Nutrien, Peterson Genetics, Syngenta and UPL.

About Sound Agriculture

Sound Agriculture develops nature-based solutions for tastier, healthier and more sustainable food. Their breakthrough biochemical technology enables agriculture to adapt faster to climate change and evolving consumer preferences, creating healthier food that is also better for the planet.

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, 515-294-0878 or