Merit Seed of Ohio's Amish Country
In 1936, BJ Yoder began the Yoder Hybrid Corn Company to provide unsurpassed quality seeds to the agricultural industry that still dominates the region today. Three generations later and a name change to accommodate the diversity of the company, Merit Seed continues to be a premier supplier of organic, conventional and herbicide-tolerant seeds that farmers have come to trust.
Now celebrating 75 years in business, Merit Seed has been able to keep up with the ever-changing agricultural needs of the community and beyond. Serving Holmes, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties, Merit Seed also works closely with farmers and dealers in 13 states across the nation.
An avid antique collector, Merit Seed owner John Yoder displays much of his collection in the shop and warehouse. Most customers are stumped when asked if they can identify the conical galvanized steel device hanging from the ceiling. Yoder’s sign collection includes agricultural items as well as symbols of pop culture that span three generations.
Merit Seed offers many different types of hybrid seed corn to meet the various planting needs of growers. Conventional, Modified, Roundup Ready and Triple Stacked Corn are all proven producers. Merit Seed has partnered with Byron Seed to offer other successful varieties as well.