(West Des Moines, Iowa) – Schillinger Genetics, a specialty seed company headquartered in West Des Moines, IA has announced the opening of new southern Illinois research station this coming May at their new facility located in Vandalia, IL. (ADDRESS - 1930 Veterans Drive).
Schillinger Genetics currently has research stations in Maryland, Iowa and Argentina. According to Schillinger officials, the new Illinois research station will focus primarily on developing unique and elite non-GMO soybean products, which will be targeted for food and feed markets and marketed under their rapidly growing eMerge Genetics  brand. In addition to field and lab research, plans call for the Vandalia research station to become a strategic site for showcasing new and unique Schillinger products as well as their diverse pipeline of new experimentals.
“Allocating resources and expanding research efforts is another example of our commitment to develop consistently high performance, high-return products for growers. We continue to focus on new, high-demand crops for the food and feed markets that offer growers better premium opportunities,” said Dr. John Schillinger, president.
“We have an excellent team of experienced researchers already in place. We will be conducting extensive soybean and corn research trials from 12 different sites in the area. And because of Vandalia’s proximity to three rivers and grain transportation systems, this southern Illinois location gives us a highly attractive growing area for identity preserved product development.”
Illinois Research Station Staff: Jeff Bethard – Station Manager
Jeff Bethard – Station Manager
After graduating from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Ag Production, Jeff worked for Pioneer in the areas of yield testing for 9 years. Jeff will oversee the research efforts at the new facility.
Steven Borcherding – Research Associate
Steven brings nearly a decade of experience to his role at Schillinger Genetics as a research associate. A graduate of SIU Carbondale in Plant and Soil Science, Steven has worked in research and testing for Growmark, Soygenetics and Alvey Ag Research.
Levi Borcherding – Research Associate
A SIU Carbondale graduate, Levi brings several years of experience to the Schillinger team as a field scientist and research associate. Levi will work as a research associate at the new Illinois location.