Seed News

Pioneer Is Positive About Plenish™ High Oleic Soybeans

Date Posted: February 4, 2012

The company reports next-generation soybean trait provides food industry and grower benefits

Des Moines, IA (Jan. 18, 2012) – Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, announced strong seed product performance for Pioneer® brand Plenish™ high oleic soybean varieties during the 2011 growing season. Plenish™ high oleic soybeans continue to yield on par with elite commercial varieties and with strong agronomic performance during challenging growing conditions in 2011.

“I’ve had great success with Plenish™ high oleic soybeans,” said John Motter, director, United Soybean Board and chair of the Ohio Soybean Council. “During this year’s harvest my Plenish™ soybeans yielded higher than my overall farm average at 55 bushels an acre, and agronomic performance was outstanding.”

Pioneer launched the high oleic soybean trait in its industry-leading lineup of Pioneer® brand Y Series soybean varieties, with key defensive and agronomic traits such as soybean cyst nematode resistance, phytophthora and sudden death syndrome tolerance, and excellent field emergence and harvest standability.

“We continue to see solid results in the field and strong interest from food companies looking for a soybean oil with consumer benefits and functionality,” said Russ Sanders, director of enhanced oils at Pioneer Hi-Bred. “And with grower benefits such as yield and agronomics, our 2012 contract programs will allow growers and our partners to continue field testing and product development with Plenish™ high oleic soybean oil.”

“I grew Plenish™ high oleic soybeans on my farm in 2011 and was very happy with the overall yields,” said Lawrence Onweller, soybean farmer near Delta, Ohio. “The Pioneer® brand Plenish™ high oleic soybean variety 93Y30 (RR) I grew on my farm endured some very tough conditions throughout the growing season with a very wet spring and dry summer. With the combination of Pioneer Premium Seed Treatment and the Plenish™ variety’s strong emergence, 93Y30 survived northwest Ohio’s tough spring conditions and soil crusting. Plenish™ high oleic soybeans were performing on par with other commercial varieties in the area and were above my five-year farm average.”

Pioneer will continue to work closely with growers who are trained in growing specialty crops under identity preserved conditions in targeted geographies based on processor collaboration to produce Plenish™ high oleic soybeans for continued product testing. Pioneer is currently collaborating with ADM in central Indiana, Bunge in northwest Ohio and Zeeland Farm Services in Michigan on contract production programs to produce Plenish™ high oleic soybeans in 2012.

Pioneer is the first seed company to market a high oleic soybean that provides a healthier oil alternative for food companies and foodservice operators and new market opportunities for soybean growers. Plenish™ high oleic soybeans from Pioneer contain the highest oleic content (more than 75 percent) of any soybean product under commercial development. This significantly increases the stability of the oil and provides greater flexibility in food applications. Plenish™ high oleic soybean oil has 0g trans fat per serving and 20 percent less saturated fat than commodity soybean oil, making it a more attractive ingredient for consumer food products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) completed its review of Plenish™ high oleic soybeans in 2009, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) deregulation in June 2010 allows Plenish™ high oleic soybeans to be grown under contract in the United States. The Plenish™ high oleic soybean trait also is approved for import in Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Korea, and these markets represent approximately 90 percent of U.S. soybean exports.

more SEED NEWS...