Bayer opens new soy research center in Marion

Bayer opens new soy research center in Marion

Facility part of massive billion- dollar investment

One of the world’s leading life science products providers has opened a new soybean research facility in Marion that will help southern growers increase their yields.

Bayer Crop Science celebrated the grand opening this week of a $6 million, 160-acre Soybean Breeding and Trait Development Station.

The facility will expand the company’s development of its high-yield Credenz soybean varieties brand.

Researchers at the facility will focus on chemical protection products designed to combat soybean production challenges such as Sudden Death Syndrome, Southern stem canker, Southern root-knot nematode, and soybean cyst nematode.

“When launched in 2014, Credenz soybeans added strength to the production opportunities available to growers,” said Chris Tinius, Bayer global soybean breeding director. “This new facility adds weight to the bar Credenz raised.”

The Marion Soybean Breeding and Trait Development Center was part of Bayer’s nearly $1 billion investment in research and development in the U.S.

In addition to the Marion site, Bayer operates three other regional soybean sites in the U.S.

“The Credenz lineup offers the smart genetics, traits, and varieties growers need today, and this facility will ensure the Bayer soybean portfolio continues to serve grower needs going forward,” said Mike Gilber, Bayer vice-president and head of global breeding trait development. “For growers and Bayer, it is important to continue expanding our seed business through research and development, and this facility will bring together significant technology resources to support the advancement of the agricultural industry, specifically for the soybean trait and plant research.”

The facility is located on the I-55 Service Road and will employ 10 full time


By Mark Randall