Soybean growers interested in contracting high yielding soybean varieties with additional premiums have four new options to consider. DuPont Pioneer has expanded its high oleic soybean line by introducing four new Pioneer brand soybeans with the Plenish high oleic trait  for the 2014 planting season, which should result in additional contract production of the specialty soybeans.

The new Plenish high oleic products for 2014 are part of maturity Group III for planting in the lower central Corn Belt. In 2013 Indiana and Ohio research trials, all four new products offered yield and agronomic performance equal to other elite Pioneer brand soybean products, the company announced.

The new soybean varieties have solid genetics and defensive trait packages to help ward off key yield-robbing diseases and pests such as soybean cyst nematode (SCN), sudden death syndrome (SDS) and Phytophthora root rot (PRR).

“Plenish high oleic soybeans offer growers the yield, pest resistance and strong agronomic package they expect,” said Steve Schnebly, DuPont Pioneer senior research manager for soybeans. “Growers can also count on receiving both high yields and a processor-paid premium for managing these identity-preserved products.”

Mark Hempfling, a farmer in Ottawa, Ohio, who will be growing Plenish soybeans for the third year in 2014, said, “If the public wants oil with 0 grams trans fat, soybean growers had better respond to this need or manufacturers will use cooking oils from other sources.” He said he appreciates gaining a premium while getting the same yield and agronomic performance as soybean varieties without the high oleic trait. “We’ve found no yield difference compared to similar conventional soybean varieties, and we have no additional costs except dedicating a bin to on-farm storage,” he added.

Pioneer is working with the major soybean processors, including ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Perdue AgriBusiness Inc. to produce Plenish oil. All Plenish soybeans are currently grown under contract with local soybean processors. The Plenish high oleic trait is approved in the U.S. and 94 percent of the U.S. export markets, the only major exception being the EU.

High oleic soybean varieties are helping soybean growers recapture a vegetable oil market that needs a highly stable oil, and also is moving away from trans fats, Pioneer contends. FDA requirements are reducing trans fats in the nation’s food supply, thereby diminishing the demand for traditional soybean oil.

Plenish high oleic soybean oil has an oleic content (Omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid) of approximately 75 percent, the highest of any soybean under commercial development.  As a result, Plenish soybean oil has high heat stability, which is an advantage in frying and in the manufacture of baked goods. Its use also extends the shelf life of manufactured baked goods. Pioneer also notes that the high oleic soybean oil has excellent heat and oxidative stability in high-temperature industrial applications, such as oils and chemicals.

For more information about Plenish high oleic soybean varieties from Pioneer can be found at www.plenish.com.