Pioneer, CHS Announce Contract for High Oleic Soybeans

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Dupont Pioneer, Farm Progress Show, Soybeans

Plenish Growers in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa now have the option to contract for Pioneer brand Plenish high oleic soybeans in 2017.  Soybeans will be processed at the CHS Fairmont, Minnesota plant.  The expansion of high oleic soybeans production offers greater access for growers looking for value-added markets.

“CHS is focused on helping its farmer-owners grow, and this regional collaboration with Pioneer creates higher margin soybean markets,” said Dave Mack, CHS director, Processing and Food Ingredients, oils and proteins. “It also benefits CHS food ingredients customers by meeting consumer demand for healthy, versatile vegetable oils.”

For those choosing to contract with CHS to grow Pioneer brand soybeans with the Plenish trait may be eligible for a grain premium.  Program details, such as delivery details, are available from CHS Minnesota soybean merchandisers and local Pioneer sales professionals.

“Plenish® high oleic soybeans have been developed for this specific growing area and have outstanding yield and agronomic performance in the field,” said Jamie Williamson, DuPont Pioneer commercial unit lead. “We’re pleased to be working with CHS to bring these higher-value soybeans to market in Minnesota and Iowa.”

With 0g transfat per serving and 20 percent less saturated fat than commodity soybean oil, Plenish® high oleic soybean oil provides a sustainable, U.S. grown, soy-based trans-fat alternative for food companies and foodservice operators. 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.

For food manufacturers, 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.

The Pioneer Plenish trait was developed using Accelerated Yield Technology (AYT) 4.0.  Five years of field testing shows similar yields to elite commercial soybean varieties.  They have been approved in all major export markets, with approvals pending in some remaining markets.

I caught up with Brian Buckallew, Senior Production Systems Manger with DuPont Pioneer, at the Farm Progress Show to talk about (and sample food cooked in!) Plenish high oleic soybean oil.  Listen to that interview here: [wpaudio url=”″ text=”Interview with Brian Buckallew, DuPont Pioneer”]

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