Bayer CropScience has become an industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University.

“We’re grateful to Bayer CropScience for pledging its financial support to the work of the center,” said Greg Tylka, director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at ISU. “This kind of partnership will allow us to help Iowa farmers grow the highest quality soybeans to meet the demands of a growing global market.”

“Bayer is committed to soybean, and our support is reflective of the confidence we have in this crop for the future," said Kermit Price, Bayer CropScience’s soybean technical integration manager. "We are excited about the opportunities for innovation in productivity and profitability for soybean growers the Iowa Soybean Research Center can deliver, and are proud to be a partner in this effort."

Price will represent Bayer CropScience on the Iowa Soybean Research Center’s industry advisory council, which provides input on research priorities.

“We welcome Bayer CropScience’s commitment as an industry partner and see it as an important step in how the center facilitates public-private collaborations to better meet the research and production information needs of Iowa soybean farmers,” said Ed Anderson, senior director of supply and production systems for the Iowa Soybean Association and chair of the Iowa Soybean Research Center’s industry advisory council.

Bayer CropScience has been committed to agricultural innovation and soybean productivity for more than a century. A 150-year investment in research, people and infrastructure has positioned Bayer CropScience as a leading technology provider in agriculture. Today, the company remains at the forefront of new product development. Molecular breeding and trait integration scientists work hand-in-hand with agronomists, entomologists and plant pathologists to ensure the right seed is created with the right traits and characteristics to meet growers/ need for healthy, high-yielding soybeans.

Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 23,100 and is represented in more than 120 countries.

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 ISU, ISA 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 isrc@iastate.edu.