DuPont Pioneer has announced farmers will have additional acres available for production contracts of Pioneer® brand Plenish®^ high oleic soybeans for the 2018 growing season. Soybeans contracted under this program will be processed by Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) in Frankfort, Indiana, and a network of elevators, increasing grower access to this value-added market opportunity.
Farmers who contract with ADM to grow Pioneer® brand soybeans with the Plenish high oleic soybean trait in the 2018 growing season will receive a 50 cent per bushel incentive for producing and storing the beans or a 40 cent per bushel premium for a harvest delivery contract to a designated elevator.
“We’ve had success with Plenish high oleic soybeans that have been developed for this specific growing area resulting in outstanding yield and agronomic performance in the field,” DuPont Pioneer Area Lead John Demerly said. “We’re pleased to be working with ADM to bring even more higher-value soybeans to market.”
The development and commercialization of Plenish high oleic soybeans illustrates how biotechnology can provide direct benefits to the food industry, consumers and growers.
Plenish high oleic soybean oil provides companies and foodservice operators a sustainable, U.S.-grown, soy-based trans-fat alternative with 0 grams trans fat per serving and 20 percent less saturated fat than commodity soybean oil. The improved fatty acid profile provides the highest oxidative stability level of any commercially produced soybean oil. Additionally, this enhanced stability means longer fry life in restaurant applications and less polymerized oil buildup on equipment, which reduces cleaning costs.
The oil’s stability extends the shelf life for packaged food products without sacrificing flavor and eliminates the need for artificial preservatives, creating the opportunity for a cleaner ingredient label.
Plenish high oleic soybean oil’s exceptional stability also allows it to be used by the chemical industry as a renewable, environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum-based products.
Pioneer brand Plenish high oleic soybean varieties are being developed with elite genetics using Pioneer’s Accelerated Yield Technology (AYT) 4.0. Multiple years of local testing has confirmed yields are on par with similar elite commercial soybean varieties.