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Meristem and Tidewater Seed Announce Agreement


Meristem and Tidewater Seed Announce Agreement
Tidewater Seed Will Bring Innovation and High-quality Crop Inputs to Farmers In the DelMarVa and Beyond

Columbus, Oh., TBD  —   Meristem Crop Performance Group, LLC  ( and Tidewater Seed, LLC, ( today announced a new strategic supply agreement to serve farmers in the DelMarVa, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. 

Under the new relationship, the Meristem Crop Performance product line becomes a key component of Tidewater Seed’s new crop input offering and Tidewater becomes Meristem’s ally in helping farmers make the most of every dollar they spend on crop inputs. 

“Billy Simmons and his team have built a solid business all about serving farmers with top-notch seed, knowledge and insight,” says Mitch Eviston, Meristem Founder and CEO, in announcing the agreement.  “We’re excited to be connected with such a quality operation.”  

Simmons, Tidewater Seed’s Owner and CEO, says his team is building Tidewater Seed to “bring the very best corn and soybean genetics and trait packages to meet specific needs of farmers in the DelMarVa and Mid-Atlantic.” He views adding the Meristem portfolio as an opportunity to help growers improve the return on investment (ROI) for every client he serves. 

“Meristem Crop Performance has that same attitude toward helping growers gain a better ROI,” he says. “Our alliance with them will enable us to help our growers make the most of every seed and every pass they make through the field – with high quality inputs at prices that help farmers make more money and keep more of what they earn.”

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Billy Simmons, Owner and CEO
Tidewater Seeds, LLC

Tidewater Seed will now offer Meristem’s product portfolio, including seed treatments under the brand RACEREADY and HOPPER THROTTLE, REVLINEtm plant growth regulators, TRUTRACKtm drift control, AQUADRAFTtm water conditioners and surfactants, UPSHIFT starter fertilizers and HOMESTRETCHtm nitrogen stabilizers, micronutrients, and foliar nutritionals. Of special interest is a line of biologicals Meristem is bringing to market, including EXCAVATOR, a new biological designed to break down tough crop residue.

As a 40-year industry veteran, Simmons says he understands farmers want broad choices in genetics and innovative technology to achieve the best results for their own acres. “Adding Meristem’s product line to our own tailor-made seed lines will bring more opportunities for our farmer-customers.” 

“We’ve set up Meristem to be the lean provider of high-quality crop input additives to help American farmers reduce costs and increase yield so they are more competitive in a global market,” says Eviston. “Now, with the help of Billy and his team, we’ll be able to connect with more of the farmers who can benefit.”

Meristem Crop Performance Group, LLC ( www.meristemag.comis one of the fastest-growing direct-to-farm crop input companies in America. Meristem sources, formulates and delivers high-quality crop inputs to farmers at the least cost possible, at savings up to 30 percent. By helping farmers and local independent agribusinesses make the most of their infrastructure and intellectual property investments, the company improves productivity and removes waste in the established distribution channel. Meristem is led by a world-class team of ag professionals passionate about creating the most efficient channel to move innovative practices and novel technologies to market for the benefit of the American Farmer.

Tidewater Seed, LLC, ( is a locally-owned, independent seed company providing corn and soybean genetics exclusively to the DelMarVa and Mid-Atlantic regions. Launched in 2013, Tidewater Seed is bringing the market the very best genetics, traits, and technology from the world’s top-rated labs and production companies.

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