Thunder Seed Selects Meristem Crop Performance

Published online: Feb 26, 2023 Articles
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Dilworth, Minn. – Thunder Seed of Dilworth, MN, has selected Meristem Crop Performance to be their marketing partner for specialty crop input products, including the newly patented BIOCAPSULE and MICROBILIZE biological delivery systems.

“This is a key component of our go-forward strategy to better serve our farmer-customers and see every seed we sell optimized all the way to harvest,” said John Sorby, co-owner and CEO of Thunder Seed in announcing the marketing agreement. “After a rigorous review of potential allies, we chose Meristem because of their outstanding people and products. We’re thrilled to be working with dedicated ag professionals Mitch Eviston, Joe Gednalske and John Gertz to help our farmers raise more bushels and keep more of what they earn from each one.”

Thunder Seed is a partnership of four generational Minnesota farm families – Adams Seed, Petermann Seed, Tobolt Seed and John Sorby – with four generations of experience on the farm. In 1995, they began developing high-yield seed as they continued to farm, focusing on genetics for their region’s specific climate and soils. 

“It’s exciting for us to be a part of Thunder Seed’s growth strategy,” said Mitch Eviston, Meristem Founder and CEO. “The team at Thunder Seed has deep experience and they are bringing that agronomic know-how and proven success to growers in Minnesota and the Dakotas, and we’re glad to be riding with them on their mission of making every seed count.”

Team-up of Meristem and Thunder Seed follows Meristem’s recent publication of independent research results demonstrating superior performance by biologicals applied through patented BIO-CAPSULE and MICROBILIZE microbe delivery systems.

“Our REVLINE HOPPER THROTTLE planter box treatment, powered by BIO-CAPSULE keeps the microbes separate from the talc/graphite and the micronutrients until they are deployed at planting,” says Rob McClelland, president and CMO of Meristem. “That keeps the microbes healthy all the way to the furrow and that can help boost yields.” The result, says McClelland is plants out of the ground fast, gaining an early canopy and maximizing seed genetics.

EXCAVATOR, powered by MICROBILIZE, is a product with a powerful consortium of microbial strains designed to break residue down faster, thereby releasing nutrients for the following crop. “MICROBILIZE” refers to a patented surfactant agent that helps bind the bacteria to the residue in a way that speeds activity. The product is effective as a spring application or applied post-harvest. Sorby says it’s new technology like this that makes Meristem such a great fit for Thunder Seed.

“At Thunder Seed we work every day to deliver an experience that pushes the performance of every seed and every acre, and Meristem’s product line will boost our ability to do exactly that,” Sorby says. “Meristem’s robust portfolio to improve yield with every pass a farmer makes through the field can help boost profits higher. It’s always about helping our farmer-customers make the most of every seed they plant,” he says.

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