Company History

Merschman Seeds
2020 marks 66 Years in business

1954 – Founded by Bill & Bernice Merschman
1956 – Built new seed facility in West Point, IA
1956 – Planted first 40-acre field of certified soybean seed in Lee County, IA
1957 – Started selling wheat, forage seed, & fertilizer
1957 – Introduced treated soybeans
1971 – Sold first private line of soybeans
1973 – Built improved seed conditioning facility
1980 – Doubled bagged seed storage capacity with additional seed warehouses
1985 – Fire at West Point offices in August; new office completed in December
1989 – Started to offer bulk bag packaging
1992 – Introduced corn to the business; sold first hybrid seed corn
1994 – Added additional warehouses for increased storage capacity
1996 – Sold first bag of Roundup Ready® soybeans
1997 – Updated seed plant with state of the art cleaner and complete dust control system
1998 – Sold first bag of biotech hybrid corn (YieldGard® Corn Borer)
1999 – Added new automatic bulk bagger & receiving conveyor to seed plant
1999 – Formed Mertec, LLC to begin breeding soybeans
2003 – Introduced YieldGard® Rootworm Resistant Corn
2003 – New warehouse built, doubling existing storage
2004 – Formed M.S. Technologies, LLC for soybean breeding and trait development
2006 – Seed-applied insecticide Poncho 250® seed treatment for corn was introduced
2007 – Introduced LibertyLink® soybeans & YieldGard VT Triple® hybrid corn
2008 – Developed Tech Port (research/plot facilities) in Iowa City, IA
2008 – Introduced Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans
2010 – Introduced Genuity® SmartStax® (8 stack traited) hybrid corn
2010 – Added 33,000 sq. ft. cold storage warehouse
2012 – Introduced Refuge-In-A Bag solutions for corn
2012 – Introduced real-time inventory management system using bar codes and scanner guns
2014 – Implemented Merschman EasyOrder™, online seed ordering system
2017 – Signed a marketing agreement to sell Stine Corn & discontinued Merschman Corn
2017 – Upgraded soybean treatment to include biostimulants
2018 – Office addition was constructed
2019 – Larger truck facility built
2019 – Upgraded small bag, bulk bag, box packaging and treating equipment
2019 – Introduced LibertyLink® GT27 and Enlist E3™ game changing soybean products for farmers

Company History