Marion, Arkansas is the new home for soybean research from Bayer. The Marion Soybean Breeding and Trait Development Station sets the stage for the future of soybean improvements with this major investment from Bayer.
Chris Tinius, Bayer global soybean breeding director, said this piece of ground was very special to him. He actually worked on the same 180 acres of research and showcase plots starting as a soybean breeding in 1989 following Dr. Grover Shannon. “I am utterly convinced this is where great soybean varieties are born – on this farm, with this soil. The heart of the Mississippi Delta is so productive and predictive of what will be successful. This is the place to be.”
Chris said Bayer made a big effort to acquire the farm and build the state-of-the-art station. At Bayer we are “working on solutions to the problems we have now but also those that will cycle through and replace those solutions that we hope to introduce in the next few years.”
Weed control seems to be at the top of Chris’s list of things to tackle with the future of this new station. Listen to my complete interview with Chris to learn more: Interview with Chris Tinius, Bayer
View and download photos from the event here: New Bayer U.S. Research Facilities